LIVING & LIFESTYLE

Monday, 01 August 2016

Our Fire Safety Checklist

Emergency services in Great Britain attended upward of 200,000 house fires in 2013/2014*.

 The statistics may be alarming, but thankfully there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the danger of fire in your home, especially at night, when the risk of fatality is greatest. Following this routine at bedtime could quite simply save a life. 

  • Close inside doors at night - if a fire does occur, this can stop it from spreading and buy you valuable time to exit the property safely
  • Fire SafetyTurn off and unplug all electrical appliances, with the exception of those that are designed to be left running - such as your freezer
  • Check your cooker is turned off
  • Don't leave the washing machine or tumble dryer on overnight
  • Turn heaters off and put up fireguards
  • Ensure that any candles you're burning are fully extinguished before you go to bed. Never leave a candle burning overnight or while you're asleep
  • Similarly, check that cigarettes are properly put out using an ash tray. Never throw a lit or smoldering cigarette or fresh ash into a bin
  • Make sure that exits are kept clear, and keep door and window keys easily accessible where everyone can find them
  • Unplug and turn off any laptops and computers

For more information and advice about fire safety in your home, please visit the Fire Service website. It’s full of helpful information and practical advice covering everything from smoke alarms to escape plans. 

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