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May
05

Fire Safety

You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape. They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.

Living Room Fires

Every year 250 people die and 2,000 people are injured in fires that start in the living room. Is your upholstered furniture fire-resistant? If it was made before 1988 then it’s not fire-resistant, it can be set alight easily and it will produce clouds of poisonous smoke. You can check the label to be sure. Its dangerous to sit nearer than 3 feet from a heater or open fire, also don’t dry clothes on heaters or fire guards.

Is your cooker clear of inflammable objects?

Keep wires, cloths and oven gloves away from the cooker top. Don’t let fat and other remains build up – they can go up in flames. Never leave chip pans unattended and
don’t fill more than a third full.

Has your chimney been swept?

If you have an open fire, you should sweep your chimney once a year. If you have an electric blanket, is it damaged?  Fraying, scorch marks, dampness and loose connections are all dangerous. If your blanket shows any signs of damage, have it tested or replaced. Don’t leave your electric blanket switched on all night unless it has thermostatic controls for safe all-night use.  And when you store it, avoid folding it.

Smoking in bed

Every year people fall asleep smoking and start a fire.  They’re often killed. It’s also dangerous to smoke when you’re feeling sleepy or if you’ve been drinking and/or  have taken medication.

Have you fitted a smoke alarm?

A smoke alarm is the simplest single step you can take to cut the risk of dying from fire. It doesn’t cost much, and you can get it with referral to safe as houses or in the supermarket or high street stores. There are no excuses for not having one. If your home is on more than one floor, you should fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor.

Make an escape plan

  1. Include everyone who lives or stays over night in your home. Everyone, including family and children, should know exactly what to do if there’s a fire.
  2. Choose an escape route – the easiest way out. Pick a second escape route in case the first is blocked by fire.
  3. Always keep the door and window keys in the same place, and tell everyone where that is.
  4. Keep the escape route clear of obstacles