Every year, thousands of tons of recyclable sofas are thrown away because they don’t have fire safety markings on them – but why? This may be due to the poor placement of the label itself, tempting the buyer to cut off the eyesore. Or it may happen that many people do not understand why it is there at all, and decide to delete it. These labels exist for a reason, and furniture cannot be sold without them.
We will look at how the rules regarding furniture have changed, the importance of fire safety signs and the main tips for protecting your home from fire.
Origin of signs fire safety
The UK experience. Since 1988 and the introduction of Fire Safety Regulations for Furniture and Interior items, any sofa sold in the UK must be treated with flame retardant chemicals and have the appropriate label. This means that regardless of whether you want to donate your sofa to charity or sell it further, it must have an intact label on it, otherwise, unfortunately, it will end up in a landfill.
How furniture reduces your escape time
Fire safety is usually not in the first place when buying a new sofa, but many consumers do not understand how easily their furniture can ignite. Research and experiments have shown that synthetic fibers used to create modern furniture not only burn hotter, but also much faster than fibers made from natural materials. According to today’s report, 30 years ago you had about 17 minutes to escape from a house fire – now this time has been significantly reduced.
We have come up with some simple tips on how to secure your home and furniture.
Always Check For A Fire Safety Sign
- Although furniture cannot legally be sold without one, be sure to check for a fire safety sign when buying furniture, both new and used.
Avoid careless smoking and the use of upholstered furniture.
- Always use deep ashtrays, and no matter how tempting it may be, never leave them on the armrest of a sofa or armchair.
- Before you go to bed, be sure to check where you were sitting while smoking to make sure there are no ashes, matches or discarded cigarettes left there.
Arrange Your Furniture Carefully
- If you are lucky enough to have a wood-burning stove, fireplace or use a heater, be sure to arrange the furniture at least three feet apart
- In addition to being attentive to their placement, be sure to turn off the heaters when you go to bed or leave the house.
Always Check Your Fire Alarm
- The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is to use working smoke alarms. Be sure to check their batteries frequently and install several throughout the house.
Be Attentive To Candles
- Make sure that all candles are securely fixed in a proper candlestick, away from materials that can catch fire, such as curtains, and do not leave them overnight or while you are not at home.
Keep Your Electrics Safe
- When buying, make sure that the appliance has a British or European safety mark
- The extension cord or adapter has a limit on the number of amps consumed, so be careful not to overload them to reduce the risk of fire.
There are many ways to help prevent a fire in your home, from careful handling of electrics to safe cooking and checking fire alarms. These are just a few tips to help keep your home safe.
Fire safety in your home
At FireTechnics, we provide homeowners with the means to achieve a beautiful open-plan life without compromising safety. Our fire curtains and smoke screenss guarantee compliance with local building codes and fire safety regulations.
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