Fire Safety in the home doesn’t have to be costly or difficult to maintain! In fact, general housekeeping rules and safety measures are all that is really needed to ensure your risk of a fire in the home is as low as possible.
We have put together 8 simple steps, designed to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
1) Install a smoke alarm! It is an obvious one but also an easy one to do. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and there are a variety to choose from. From smart detectors that test themselves to basic models that can be found in DIY stores – any option is a good option.
Did you know that “you’re around eight times more likely to die in a fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm in your home” so finding a detector and installing it really should be your first priority. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, strobe lights and vibrating alarm pads are also available.
2) Make your detection equipment actually works! Smoke alarms should be tested monthly whether they are mains or battery operated. Make sure that even if your alarm goes off by mistake, you do not remove the alarm or the batteries!
3) Implement kitchen safety – Most fires begin in the kitchen, so make sure that you have strict safety measures in place. Such as never leaving children unattended when cooking wi, never leaving pan handles poking outwards and keeping tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Simple steps such as this can make all the difference and are simple to remember.
4) Look after your kitchen electrics and appliances! –Never let electrics (leads and appliances) near water and do not put anything metal in the microwave. Maintaining your electrics can also help reduce your risk of fire, such as keeping your toaster free of build up of crumbs and keeping your oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order.
5) Keep electrics throughout the house tidy – Do not overload extension leads or adaptors and try to keep to one plug per socket where possible. If in doubt, when charging electrical goods follow the manufacturers instructions and look out for the relevant safety marks to check they comply with safety standards.
It is good practice to unplug devices when you are not using them, when they are fully charged or when you leave the house/go to bed.
6) Smoking in the home – If you smoke in your home, implementing some keen safety measures really is a must. Simple steps such as never smoking in bed, using a proper ashtray and ensuring cigarettes are put out properly are easy ways to prevent a fire starting in this way.
7) Candles – in a similar way to making sure cigarettes are out properly, ensure that candles are properly put out before leaving the house or going to bed. Never leave a candle unattended or in the reach of young children.
8) Make sure you have an escape route planned – Should the worst happen, make sure you can get out safely and that everyone else in your household also knows how to get out as quickly as possible. Exits should be kept clear and there should be if possible, two routes to safety. Finally, keep door and window keys where everyone in your home can find them.