Small fires are more common, causing serious injuries and extensive damage to property and possessions. By following a few simple steps and maintaining a basic level of awareness you can considerably reduce the chances of fire in your home.
The following 14 tips will help keep your family and home safe:
- smoke alarms should be kept free from dust and tested once a week
- be aware of the means of escape and make sure that everyone in your home knows how to escape if there is a fire. If you live in a house you should consider making your own Fire Action Plan
- keep the exits from your home clear so that people can escape if there is a fire
- make sure that everyone in your home can easily find the keys for doors and windows
- take extra care in the kitchen – accidents while cooking account for over half of fires in homes. Never leave young children alone in the kitchen.
- take extra care when cooking with hot oil. Consider buying a deep-fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat (if you don’t already have one).
- never leave lit candles in rooms that nobody is in or in rooms where children are on their own. Make sure candles are in secure holders on a surface that doesn’t burn and are away from any materials that could burn
- make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are disposed of carefully, and never smoke in bed
- get into the habit of closing doors at night. If you want to keep a child’s bedroom door open, close the doors to the lounge and kitchen, it may well help save their life if there is a fire
- don’t overload electrical sockets. Remember one plug for one socket
- Make sure cables and flexes are not damaged in any way
- keep matches and lighters where children can’t see or reach them
- take special care when you’re tired or when you've been drinking
- don’t leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby as this could cause a fire, or touch any appliances with wet hands. Always switch it off and unplug when it’s not in use.
If you or a member of your household has any difficulty seeing, hearing or moving about the home, you will need to take extra care to deal with the risk of a fire.
You can contact your local office or your local Fire and Rescue Authority who will be able to help.
High-rise flats are built to be fireproof, and most fires won’t spread further than one or two rooms. Walls, ceilings and doors will hold back flames and smoke, so if there’s a fire somewhere else in the building, you’re usually safest in your flat unless you’re affected by heat or smoke.
You should plan how to escape if there is a fire in your home. It is likely that the flat will share common areas with other flats.
If you cannot escape because you have difficulty moving around or using stairs you must inform your local office.
Thank you for your co-operation.