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Following a year in which the number of accidental dwelling fires increased.The number of people dying as a result of accidental fires also increased.No-one is immune to the dangers of fire and no-one should become complacent about their own fire safety — it can happen to any of us.Here are some tips to prevent fire safety tips for your home.
Fire safety tips for your home are:
1.Get into the habit of checking your smoke alarms every week to make sure they are working. Set a specific time to do this — for example, on Sunday night before you go to bed — to make it easier for you to remember. If you press the button on your smoke alarm and there is no sound, change the batteries, then test it again. If your smoke alarm goes off by mistake, don’t remove the batteries.
2.The best place to fit a smoke alarm is in a hallway and where you can hear it while asleep. Don’t put a smoke alarm in a kitchen or a bathroom.
3.A working smoke alarm will provide you and your family with an early warning to fire in the house to give you the best possible chance to escape.
4.Keep children out of the kitchen while you’re cooking to avoid the risk of them knocking over a pan. If you’re cooking with fat, which can go on fire easily, stay nearby. Never put water onto hot fat.
5.Don’t overload your sockets with plugs — try to stick to one plug in each socket. This is most important when it comes to appliances that use a lot of electricity, like washing machines and electric fires.
6.Inspect your appliances regularly for broken plugs and wires. Warning signs are plugs that are hot to touch or have dark marks and wires that are loose or broken. Take these plugs out of the socket, and ask an electrician to inspect them.
7.Every night, turn off electric heaters, and unplug things that use electricity — but not fridges and freezers.
8.If you or someone else is smoking in your home, make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished.
9.If you light candles in your home, place them in holders, and keep them away from things that can go on fire easily, such as papers and curtains.
10.Plan your escape route so that everyone in the house knows exactly what to do in the event of a fire. Familiarise yourself with the route to make it easier to escape if the fire happens at night, when conditions can be dark and difficult.
11.Contact your local fire station to find out if it offers free home fire safety checks.
12.Firefighters will look for any potential fire hazards in the home, provide advice to help avoid fire and most importantly ensure that your smoke alarm is working. If necessary, we will fit a free smoke alarm for you.
These are the fire safety tips for your home.