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Fire Safety at Home

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Every home should have the correct measures in place for fire safety. Keep your home safe with these safety checks.

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Fire detectors

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”61961″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle”][vc_column_text]It is important to check your fire detector weekly to make sure it still working properly. This is usually as easy as pressing a button on the detector itself until the alarm sounds. Replace the batteries annually, even if you think it’s not  needed. Use a vacuum to remove the dust particles from around the detector head so that is stays in good working order. At a minimum, each floor in the home should have at least one fire detector.

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Kitchen Fires

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”61962″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle”][vc_column_text]Most kitchen fires start because of oil burning. Try to avoid using chip pans as they can overheat and  cause a fire. If you do use a chip pan or deep fat fryer, keep it only a third full and never fill it to the top. Make sure you only put dry food into the fryer and if it does start to smoke, turn it off. If a fire starts don’t try to move the object on fire. Turn off the heat source if you can do so safely. Do not use water or a fire extinguisher since most are not suitable for oil fires and can worsen the situation. Instead, throw a fire blanket over the top of the fire to smother it. If you do not have one or are in doubt, evacuate, close the door behind you and call 999.

 

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Before you go to bed

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Other household precautions

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Have a household escape plan

Just like in the workplace, the home should have a fire plan and alternative plan just in case. Make sure the family know what to do in the event of a fire:

 

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Stop, drop and roll

 

Should someone find themselves caught on fire, then immediately do the ‘stop, drop and roll’ procedure. Stop running around as this only fuels the flames, drop to the ground, and roll around on the floor. Use a blanket or jacket if possible to further help smother the flames. Ring 999 immediately if this happens, even if the flames extinguish.  

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