Home Fire Safety
Home Fire Safety
If your smoke alarms go off or you discover a fire in your home, get out, stay out and call 999.
Choose the best escape route– usually your normal way in and out of the home
Have a back up escape route should your main one be blocked. Ensure all routes are kept clear at all times.
Make sure everyone knows where to find door and window keys so they can get to them quickly in the event of a fire
Practice your escape plan with everyone if your house, so everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
Make if fun for your children, it will help them stay interested and remember what they have been told.
Smoke alarms help prevent deaths and injuries in house fires.
If a fire does start, smoke alarms can give you an early warning, giving you the vital extra seconds needed to escape.
Smoke alarms only save lives if they are working properly.
To ensure your smoke alarms are working when you need them:
Test regularly by holding down the ‘test’ button until it beeps
Change the battery when the low battery warning operates
Make sure they are free from dust and dirt
Sign up for our FREE Smoke Alarm Test Reminder Service to ensure you don’t forget.
How to prevent arson
Unfortunately it is a fact that a lot of fires are started deliberately.
Even small deliberate fires, like bin and rubbish fires, can quickly spread and put lives and property in danger.
There are things you can to do protect your property from arson:
Put bins out early on the morning of collection, rather than the night before
Take bins from the kerbside as soon as you can after they have been emptied
Store bins and rubbish away from buildings, but within the boundary of your property
Install anti-arson letter boxes to prevent things such as fireworks etc been pushed through your letterbox.
The ever growing problem of fake electronics is a serious one. At a time people are feeling the pinch financially fake goods are becoming an attractive option due to been able to get them much cheaper than you normally would.
That been said is it really worth your families safety and life to save a few extra quid?
Fake products like phone chargers, hair straighteners and other electronic devices are missing vital parts that stop them from catching fire.
Fake phone chargers can overheat and catch fire. They are often cheap and badly made.
Fake hair straighteners are not made or tested to EU standards.
How can you tell if it is a fake?
Things like missing instructions, no retail box etc are often signs of a fake.
Other things to look at are spelling mistakes on the product, foreign writing or no labels.
Genuine products may cost more but you can be assured that they have met the necessary safety standards during manufacture.
Don’t put yourself and family at risk for the sake of a few £.
Remember the old saying - If its too good to be true…..
To report fakes:
Telephone: 03454 04 05 06 or report it online to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service
The following video covers the topics raised here and more: