EASY STEPS FOR FIRE SAFETY
- Test your smoke alarm once a week by pressing the test button and holding it until the alarm sounds.
- Change the battery in the alarm once a year, unless it is a 10 year alarm or connected to the mains
- Make a fire action plan so everyone in your home knows how to escape if there is a fire
- Keep doors and windows clear so that people can escape if there is a fire
- Make sure the keys to doors and windows are easy to find
- Be extra careful in the kitchen. More than half of fires in homes happen during cooking
- Be extra careful when cooking with hot oil. Think about buying a deepfat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat
- Never leave candles lit in rooms no one is in or rooms where children are on their own
- Make sure candles are in secure holders on a surface that doesn’t burn and are away from anything that could burn
- Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are carefully thrown away
- Never smoke in bed. Get into the habit of closing doors at night
- Don’t overload electrical sockets and always switch off and unplug electrical appliances when they’re not in use.
- Keep matches and lighters where children can’t see or reach them
- Be extra careful when you’re tired or have been drinking
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