How can I reduce the chances of fire?
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home. Check the batteries once a week and change them once a year, or more often if they need it – never remove them to use elsewhere.
- Keep inside doors closed, particularly at night. That can help slow down a fire.
- Don’t overload plug sockets as it can lead to overheating. Always turn off plugs when they’re not in use, except if they’re designed to be left on, like fridges and freezers.
- Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Never smoke in bed, when you’re tired or have been drinking alcohol.
- Make sure wiring is safe. Only ever use a qualified electrician to carry out electrical work.
- Take care in the kitchen – a lot of fires are caused by careless cooks. Don’t cook when you’re tired or have been drinking alcohol.
- Make sure candles are secured in holders and kept away from curtains, blinds or materials that might catch fire. Never leave them unattended or put them in rooms where children can reach them.
- Plan an escape route so everyone knows where to go and what to do if there is a fire. Keep all exits clear of clutter.
- If there is a fire: get out, stay out and call 999.
Thanks to the Clydesdale Bank for this advice. December 2017