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Fire

Make your home safe. There are many dangers around your homes that can cause a fire to start.

Room by room you can identify these dangers. Look around your home and see if you can spot any!

Remember, a working smoke alarm saves lives and should be on every level of your home in hallways and landings.

Question ... Do you have a smoke alarm?
Question ... When was it last tested?

Remember, a working smoke alarm saves lives and should be on every level of your home in hallways and landings.

Check your smoke alarm works

 See how well you do!  Each week, ask an adult to press the button on your smoke alarm to check it still works. If you press the button and there is no sound, change the batteries.

If your smoke alarm goes off by mistake, do not take out the batteries.  
Remember!  The batteries need changing every year.

Have you made an escape plan?

Think about how to get out safely. A smoke alarm will warn you about a fire. Make sure you have a plan if your smoke alarm goes off.  With your family, take a few minutes to make and practice your escape plan. What to know how to make a plan? Click here!

What if you cannot get out?

If you cannot get out of the house, get everybody into one room. This is known as a safe room.
It should have a window and a telephone. Then phone 999 and say which room you are in and who is in the room. Block the gaps at the bottom of the door to stop the smoke from coming in and get to a window and shout for help.

Phone 999 for the fire service

Don't try to put out fires yourself. Phone 999 and ask for the fire service. Be ready to tell them where you live.

If your clothes are on fire

Do not run about, it will make the fire worse.

Lie down and roll around. The fire will get smaller. Remember  STOP-DROP-ROLL

For more information and advise on home fire safety contact 445933 for a free Home Fire Safety Visit

Did you know?

  • Your twice as likely to die in a fire if you don't have a smoke alarm that works
  • 90 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing
  • Over half of home fire are caused by cooking accidents
  • Every 3 days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
  • Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets.12% of accidental dwelling fires started in airing cupboards ) cause around 7,000 house fires in the UK every year.

In the kitchen

  • Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
  • Make sure saucepan handles don't stick out - so they don't get knocked off the stove
  • Take care if you are wearing loose clothing - they can easily catch fire
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Spark devices are safer than matches or lighters to light gas cookers, because they don't have a naked flame
  • Turn cookers off when you have finished cooking
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire

Fat frying

  • Take extra care when cooking with hot oil - it set alight easily
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn't splash
  • If the oil starts to smoke - it's too hot! Turn off the heat and leave it to cool
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can't overheat.
  • If your pan catches on fire, don't take any risks. Turn off the heat if it's safe to do so. Never throw water over it. Don't tackle it yourself, get out, stay out and get the fire and rescue service out

Electrics

To avoid electrical fires:

  • Make sure an electrical appliance has a British or European safety mark when you but it.
  • Certain appliances, such as washing machines, should have a single plug to themselves as they are high powered.
  • Check wiring such as scorch marks, loose and frayed old cables.

Know the limit!

An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take, so be careful not to overload them to reduce the risk of a fire. Appliances use different amounts of power - a television may use a 3amp plug and vacuum cleaner a 5amp plug for example.  Click here to go to the electrical socket calculator to see if you are overloading your sockets.

Make a bedtime check.

You are more at risk from a fire when asleep. So it's a good idea to check your home before you go to bed.

  • Close internal doors at night to stop a fire from spreading
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are desiged to be left on - such as fridge / freezers
  • Check your cooker is turned off
  • Don't leave washing machines, tumble dryers and dish washers on
  • Turn off heaters and put up fireguards
  • Put candles and cigarettes out properly
  • Make sure exits are kept clear
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them