Follow these simple safety tips to safeguard your family and your home
Take a moment to look around your home to understand what fire risks there are. Do you have an escape plan in case fire should break out?
Follow these simple safety tips to safeguard your family and your home:
- The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms on each floor of your home. Test your smoke alarms every week. They could save your life. (If you do not have any then you can contact your local fire service and request some)
- Around half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents. Never leave pans unattended and turn off kitchen appliances when you have finished cooking.
- Two fires a day are started by candles - never leave a candle unattended. Don’t light candles near to curtains and keep decorations, cards and paper away from candles, fires, lights and heaters.
- Every six days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette. Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out! Never smoke in bed.
- Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause around 6,000 fires in the home every year. Turn off plugs when they’re not in use except for appliances that are designed to be left on, such as your fridge freezer.
If you live in an apartment block or a 3 storey home you will have a fire door leading into the communal area, and at high risk areas such as the kitchen
- Don’t prop fire doors open
- Close your fire doors, particularly at night
- If your fire door is not closing properly, report it to us
We regularly check fire doors in communal areas but we are reliant on customers to do basic checks on any fire doors in their homes.
In the event of a fire call 999. Never try to tackle a fire yourself
For free fire safety visit www.fireservice.co.uk/safety