In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.
If you are worried about fire safety in your home, or a friend or relatives home, please
You can also call 0800 917 9994 to see if you qualify for a fire safety visit.
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FIRE SAFETY IN THE HOME
Keeping you safe from fire, while you stay safe at home
Fire Safety in the Home – COVID.indd 101/04/2020 11:07:16
Make sure your smoke alarms are working.
Press the button to test them regularly. If you can’t easily reach, use something to help you, like a walking stick or umbrella. If the alarm doesn’t sound, you may need to replace the battery.
Get them. Install them. Test them. They could save your life.
Fit smoke alarms
British Standard Kitemark
- Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
- Fit them in the rooms you use most, but not in bathrooms or kitchens.
- Look out for one of these symbols, which shows the alarm isapproved and safe.
How to avoid fires in the home
Cook safely – around 50% of fires in the home start in the kitchen
- Take your time when cooking. Don’t rush or get distracted.
- Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – it can easily catch fire.
- Keep tea towels andcloths away from the cooker and hob.
- Keep the oven, hob and grill clean. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire
- If you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
- Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking
- Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
- Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol.
- Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
- If the oil starts to smoke –it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
- Ditch the chip pan and usea thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can’t overheat.
- If a pan catches fire turn off the heat if it’s safe todo so. Never throw waterover it.
- Don’t tackle a fire yourself. Your fire service will still respond to emergencies. If there is a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.
Electrics – how to avoid electrical fires
- Try and keep to one plugper socket.
- Appliances such aswashing machines, shouldhave a single plug tothemselves, as they arehigh powered.
- When charging electrical goods, followthe manufacturer’sinstructions.
- Don’t use appliances if they have frayed ordamaged leads or plugs.
- Unplugging appliances helpsreduce the risk of fire.
Don’t run appliances like washing machines and tumble dryers when you go to bed.
Smoking – the most common cause of fire fatalities, so take care
- If you smoke, do sooutside if possible.
- Put some water in the bottom of ashtrays to help put your cigarettes out.
- Empty ashtrays regularly and when they are cold.
- Don’t smoke in bed.
- Don’t smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs that make you drowsy, or if you’ve been drinking. You might fall asleep and set your bed or sofa on fire.
- Make sure you use a proper ashtray, and put iton a secure surface so it can’t tip over.
- Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They can easily fall over and start a fire.
- Emollient creams for dry skin conditions are safe to use but can soak into clothing, dressings and bedding leaving a flammable residue. So be careful if you also smoke
Be prepared – plan an escape route
- Plan an escape routeand make sure everyone knows how to escape.
- In an emergency you should evacuate your home, even if you are self-isolating.
- The best route is the normal way in and out of your home.
- Have keys to windows and doors where everyone can find them.
- Keep exits clear of clutter.
- Think of a second route in case the first one is blocked.
- If you have an emergency pendant, please make sure you wear it and have it closeby at bedtime. If you have an emergency call 999 and ask for fire service. We will still respond as normal.