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Fire safety in the home

Posted on November 4, 2013 by Nikki Palmer in Blog

Over the past few weeks The Fire Service has had a lot of media coverage regarding their recent strike action, receiving mixed feelings from the public.

But did you know that they carry out a FREE Home Safety Check?

At a convenient time they will visit you in the property to see what can be done to make the home and its occupiers safer.  They highlight the risks within the home ; give advice on how to prevent or reduce the risks; put together an escape plan in the case of a fire breaking out and, install where necessary, 10-year smoke alarms, free of charge.

Their advice on making your Home Safe includes

  • Ensure that you have a working smoke alarm in your home
  • Plan and test escape routes in the event of a fire or major incident.  Keep exits clear, identify where floor and window keys are kept should you need to escape in an emergency
  • Never leave cooking unattended to answer the phone, pop to the shops etc.  Always turn it off
  • Don’t overload sockets – use one plug in one socket, or use a tested bar extension lead that that a block type of adaptor
  • Switch off appliances at the wall when not in use
  • Do not smoke in bed.  Ensure that all smoking materials are extinguished before you fall asleep
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach, preferably in a high cupboard or drawer
  • Place candles on a heat proof holder or dish.  Ensure they are away from items that may catch fire, like curtains.  Never place candles on top of the television or other electrical items.  They are highly combustible
  • Keep chimneys and flues clean – ensure your chimney is swept regularly.  Make sure embers are under control and put out properly when you go to bed.  Be careful when using open fires to keep warm.  Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks

If you would like a FREE Home Safety Check call Dorset Fire and Rescue on FREEPHONE 0800 0382323




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