There’s No Such Thing As Localised Fire use a fire suppression system

November 9, 2012 by  
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Fire Suppression System

Fire suppression system could help in a fire because there’s no such thing as a localised fire. Because fire means smoke and smoke simply gets into every nook and cranny. Often, in small fires, smoke damage is much more severe than fire damage.


Smoke from household fires can carry within it a whole range of chemicals depending on what went up in flames. If it was a kitchen fire, such as burning oil or food that was left to cook too long, the smoke can fill the house with the smell of the burned food. (Burned lamb is the worst!) Smoke from a smouldering mattress or smoke given off by burning electrical wiring may contain chemicals that are harmful to your health.

Fire is FAST so use a fire suppression system!

There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape but this could be helped with the use of a fire suppression system.

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Throw away heavily damaged or heavily smoked items, and start cleaning the house top to bottom.

Wipe down all hard surfaces—countertops, appliances, and furniture—with a cleaning cloth.

Wash walls and ceilings. Wipe soot away with a dry sponge. Rub away stubborn stains with a vinegar spray. If you need more muscle, use paint thinner (open windows for ventilation).

Wash or clean all household items, even light bulbs. Remove bulbs to wash and dry thoroughly, then reinstall.

Wash or dry-clean all clothing and drapes.



Aside from unsightly charring and soot build-up, smoke can leave an unpleasant odours that seems to cling to the walls. Smoke odours can be quite stubborn. Depending upon how strong the smoke odours are, one or more of these methods may prove helpful. Keep in mind, though, that if the smoke odours has permeated into your carpets, draperies, furnishings, etc., there is little that can be done to eliminate the smoke odours unless these items are removed or replaced.

Vinegar: White vinegar cuts through odours naturally. Try wiping down furniture, washable walls, floors, etc. with white vinegar. Also, try placing several bowls of vinegar around the room with the smoke damage, leaving them there for several days. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar either, try mixing a bit of lavender oil into the bowls to help cut the odours of the vinegar if you do not wish to have to do this to your house then you might want to use a fire suppression system.


And at the end of the day, if fire and smoke damage were sustained only by things and not by people or pets, then you escaped relatively easily. Keeping that firmly in mind, will make dealing with the aftermath of a fire a little easier. This too shall pass.

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