Fire Safety at Home


There are a number of ways that a fire can start and the effects can be devastating. How we live and the way we use equipment can significantly reduce the risk of a fire starting. There’s no better way of dealing with a fire than preventing is from starting in the first place.

img1Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy...

As you could fall asleep, allowing your lit cigarette to fall from your hand and start a fire, the consequences of this can be devastating… Never smoke in bed.

img2Chip pans / hot fat frying

· Never fill a pan more than a third full with fat or oil.
· Dry chips/food before putting them in the pan.
· If the oil has started smoking turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool down, otherwise it may catch fire.
· Turn off the hob if you have to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Do not leave cooker unattended when preparing meals.

img3Use candles safely

· Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder
· Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over.
· Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire. Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit.

ingBedtime routine

 · Switch off and unplug electrical equipment – only leave on appliances that are designed to be left on, like the fridge or your DVD recorder.
· Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher on. Their high speed of operation, friction and motors mean they can be a fire risk. 
· Turn space heaters off and put a guard in front of an open fire.
· Check your escape route – it should be clear of obstacles. Make sure the keys are where they are meant to be.
· Close doors – this can slow down the spread of a fire.