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Fire safety in the home.

The following simple and inexpensive tips can help reduce the risk of fire in your home. 

 

Fit smoke alarms and check them regularly. 

  • Smoke alarms are inexpensive and can be bought for between £5 and £10.
  • Fit alarms in hallways, landings and in rooms which are far from halls and landings. Dont fit them in kitchens and bathrooms as fumes and steam can set them off.
  • Test your alarms on a weekly basis, and change the batteries annually.
  • Gently hoover the alarm to remove dust every six months.

Take care when cooking.

  • Take extra care when cooking with oil, dont leave the pan unattended and keep children well away.
  • Keep flammable materials away from the cooking hob.

Dont overload electrical sockets.

  • Avoid fitting extra plugs to sockets, but if you have to use quality items and ensure the plug fuse ratings are correct.

Smoking in the home.

  • Avoid smoking in the home if possible and dispose of cigarette ends in a flame proof container.
  • Emplty ash trays into a flame proof container.
  • Carry out a fire check before going to bed.

Using candles in the home.

  • Candles and decorative lights can cause fires use a the correct holdes and keep them well away from furnishings, curtains and papers.

Family escape plan.

  • Create a simple fire / accident escape plan and ensure all the family understand what to do in an emergency situation.

Preparing and practicing an escape plan will help you act quickly if there is a fire in the home.

  • Choose an escape route - usually the normal way in and out of the home however select a back-up route if the normal exit rout can not be used.
  • Ensure you have an escape route should you became trapped on the 1st floor (windows / escape ladder).
  • Identify a 'safe room' where you could shelter if you became trapped ensure it has a window and telephone so you can contact the safety services.
  • Ensure window and door lock keys are available in the case of an emergency.

Action to take in the case of fire.

  • Dont try to fight the fire, leave the house immediately.
  • Close all doors and feel any exit doors for heat, if its hot - dont open it try another escape route.
  • If the house is filled with smoke / fumes crawl along the floor, if you become trapped try to seal the door with clothinf / bedding open a window.
  • SHOUT FOR HELP AND CALL 999.
  • If you plan to escape through a window dont jump, lower yourself / children, if possible throw bedding etc out to create a soft landing.
  • If you need to break a window use clothing or bedding to protect yourself form sharp edges.

 

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