Things You Need To Know For Fire Safety In The Home
Don’t Forget The Dangers & Hazards
When living our day to day lives, it is easy to forget the dangers around us, especially those that could originate from inside the walls of own homes. According to government statistics, there were 39,600 dwelling fires and 258 fire-related deaths in dwellings in Great Britain in 2013-2014.
You are four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm in the property. You should have at least one smoke alarm fitted on each level of your home for safety. Ensure that you carry out weekly tests on all smoke alarms in the building. To make it easier to remember, carry out your smoke alarm check on the first day of every week. It takes no time at all and gives both you and your family a much better chance of survival if a fire breaks out.
More people die in fires caused by smoking products than in fires caused by any other factor. Never smoke in a situation where you may fall asleep, e.g. in bed or an armchair. Likewise, make sure that you never leave a lit cigarette, pipe or candle unattended. Putting hot ashes in the bin is a fire hazard, so don’t do it. A tip for smokers is to use deep ashtrays so cigarettes cannot roll out. Keep matches, lighters and candles well out of the reach of children.
Heating And Electrical Applications
Do not sit too close to heaters. Make sure that you are sitting at least three feet away. Never put clothes or furniture near heaters. Don’t overload electrical sockets. Try to have just one plug per socket, because overloading them can lead to overheating.
Never store anything in communal areas, especially items that could block your escape route or be a fire risk.
Over half of accidental fires in the home begin because of something related to cooking. Make sure you take care when cooking in the kitchen. If you are tired, or if you have been drinking, don’t risk a fire by cooking. Never leave pans or children unattended when cooking. If a pan should catch fire, don’t move it or throw water on to it as this will only make things worse. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so and if you are in any doubt, leave the room, making sure the door is closed properly. Alert other members of the household and call 999.
Before you go to bed, it is important to close all the doors in the building as this helps to prevent fires from spreading. Switch off and unplug all electrical appliances, excluding those that are meant to stay on such as the freezer. Ensure that the cookers and heaters are turned off. Keep all door and window keys in a safe place and make sure that everyone knows where to find them.
Plan An Escape
Plan a route to escape your home should a fire occur. Make sure that everyone in the house knows the escape plan. If a fire does break out, do not try to tackle it yourself. Get out of the house, and call 999.
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