Home fire safety week 2017
Home fire safety week
This week we are supporting home fire safety week. Home fire safety week is a great time to think about how safe your home is and take extra steps to lessen any fire hazards. Follow our simple tips to help prevent the risk of fire this home fire safety week and the other 51 weeks of the year!.
- Plan an escape route with your family and practice it. You could practise with a blindfold to be sure you know the route in dark conditions.
- Check the house for hazards before you go to bed. Check that sockets are off and candles are out etc.
- Don’t overload sockets. too many electrical appliances plugged into one socket can overload it, which can lead to overheating.
- Never smoke in bed or if you are drowsy – it’s very easy to fall asleep and allow your cigarette to set light to your bedclothes or furnishings.
- Keep lighters, matches and smoking materials out of the reach of children – you can also buy child-resistant lighters and containers for matches.
- When cooking take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you’re called away from the cooker, for example by a phone call.
- Check your smoke alarms are working on a regular basis, you should test them at least once a week.
The Facts Did you know…?
- You’re four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works.
- Around half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents.
- Two fires a day are started by candles.
- Every six days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.
- Around two fires a day are started by heaters.
- Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause around 6,000 fires in the home across the country every year.
If you have any queries or would like any help and information with fire safety related issues, feel free to contact us on 01785 711088.