Thanks to increased fire safety awareness and improved technology, serious house fires are not a common occurrence. However, when they do happen they have the potential to injure and even kill. Even small fires can cause extensive damage to property and possessions, not to mention the emotional stress and disruption they can cause.
Fortunately, most house fires are preventable, and by taking a few simple steps and precautions you can reduce the risk of you and your family falling victim to fire.
The video below is a visual guide to a number of common household risks and how you can prevent them. We've also put together the following top tips to keep you safe in your home.
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and test them regularly. If it helps, follow the national 'Test it Tuesday' initiative, and make it your monthly routine
- Never leave cooking unattended and take care in the kitchen
- Don't attempt to cook while drunk or intoxicated. A large number of cooking fires start through people falling asleep while the hob is on
- Try not to overload electrical sockets, and ensure wiring and cables are in good working order. Also, be careful when charging things such as mobile phones overnight and never leave them under pillows
- Always ensure cigarettes are extinguished and disposed of properly
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
- Don't leave clothes, or other potentially flammable material, near heaters and open fires
- Blow candles out before going to bed and take care not to leave them in places where they could get knocked over - using an appropriate candle holder will help
- Plan an escape route and ensure that everybody in the house knows what they would do, and where they would go, in the event of a fire
- If a fire does occur, get out, stay out, and call 999