Home Safety

It is vital that you observe certain safety rules within the home, not only to ensure that no harm comes to your possessions but also the members of the household. There are some simple safety rules you can follow to minimise the risk of fire in the home:

  • Make sure you fit smoke alarms on each floor of your house; these alarms need to be checked and cleaned regularly, as dust may prevent them from being fully effective. Make sure you replace the batteries on a regular basis, about once per year is recommended – remember there’s no point in having a fire alarm if it doesn’t work.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets, this can include plugging multiple extension leads into each other, this is especially important to remember in places such as the kitchen.
  • Avoid leaving electrical equipment switched on for long periods of time; this can include leaving televisions or computers on standby overnight. If possible switch everything off at the mains.
  • Don’t leave candles or open fires burning unattended and make sure they aren’t near any flammable materials. Make sure that all candles and cigarettes are put out properly and remember to never smoke in bed.
  • Keep any matches and lighters in a safe place and out of the reach of children.
  • Take care when cooking using hot oil, never leave anything frying unattended.

There are also some simple steps that you can follow that means that in  the event of a fire you can make sure that you and your family get out of the building safely:

  • Make an action plan with your family so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. It is important to make sure that any children in the house know what to do if there should be a fire.
  • Make sure exits you would use to escape during a fire are kept clear at all times. If you have locks on the doors and windows make sure that everyone in your home can easily find and reach them.

The British Fire Service also recommends getting into the habit of keeping doors closed, if you leave children’s doors open they suggest keeping kitchen and living room doors closed as it may save your child’s life in the event of a fire.