This information has been put together by Kent Fire & Rescue and is also available in Czech and Nepali
Small fires in the home can cause serious injuries and extensive damage to property and possessions.
By following a few simple steps and maintaining a basic level of awareness you can considerably reduce the chances of fire in your home.
The following twelve tips will help to keep your family and home safe.
- Fit smoke alarms on each floor of your home, keep them dust free and test them once a week. Consider buying a ten year alarm; otherwise change the batteries every year.
- Make a fire action plan so that everyone ion your home knows how to escape in the event of fire.
- Keep exits from your home clear of obstructions so that people can make their escape if there is a fire. Make sure that occupants can find keys for doors and windows easily.
- Take care in the kitchen – accidents while cooking account for 59% of fires in the home. Never leave young children unsupervised in the kitchen.
- Take extra care when cooking with hot oil; if you don’t use one already, consider buying an electric deep fat fryer.
- Never leave lit candles unattended, and ensure they are in a secure holder on a heat resistant surface away from flammable materials.
- Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully.
- Don’t overload electrical sockets. Remember – one socket, one plug.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Take special care when you are tired or if you have been drinking. Half of all deaths in domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am
- Don’t leave the TV or other electrical items on standby as this could cause a fire. Always switch it off and unplug it when not in use.
- Never smoke in bed.
For further help or advice, visit www.firekills.gov.uk