Fire

Do you know how to reduce the risk of a potential fire in your home? We offer some fire safety tips to help you protect your family and home.

Do's

  • Fit a smoke alarm on each floor of your home and ensure they're tested regularly.
  • Work out an escape plan with your family, so you all know where the window and door keys are kept and how to get out if there's a fire.
  • Take extra care when cooking with hot oil, as it can easily catch fire.
  • If you use matches ensure they're kept out of reach of children.
  • Ensure you stub out cigarettes safely and correctly.
  • Ensure cloths and tea towels are not placed next to hobs.
  • Use a spark device instead of matches or a lighter to light your hob, they’re safer as they don’t have a naked flame.
  • Check all electrics are fitted with the correct fuse to avoid overheating.
  • Make sure any electrical appliances you buy hold a British or European safety mark.
  • Larger electrical appliances like washing machines, should have a single plug to themselves, as they’re high powered machines.
  • Electrical appliances need to be kept clean and in good working order.
  • Turn off and unplug any electrical appliances when not in use, unless they’re designed to be left on.
  • Look out for scorch marks, hot plugs or sockets, flickering lights, blown fuses or circuit breakers, which trip for no obvious reason.
  • Old cables and wires should be checked and replaced especially if they tend to be hidden by furniture or under mats.
  • Turn heaters off and put up fireguards when not in use.
  • Close all doors when going to bed.
  • Keep all exits clear.

Don'ts

  • Do not overload electrical sockets; ensure you switch them off at night.
  • Do not leave burning candles unattended and keep them away from children. Put them in secure holders away from anything that could catch fire and on a surface that won't burn.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Do not leave children in the kitchen alone when you’re cooking – turn down the heat and move pans to the back hob.
  • Do not wear loose or flammable clothing as they’re more likely to catch fire.
  • Do not leave the cooker on when not in use.
  • Do not put metal objects in the microwave.
  • Never use portable heaters to dry clothes and avoid placing them near furniture or curtains.
  • Never tackle a fire yourself – get out, stay out and call 999.

Remember to unplug all your appliances except fridges and freezers if you go on holiday.
 
Always be cautious when undertaking any task that you're not fully familiar with as you could injure yourself or those around you, seek professional help where required.
 
If you’re taking steps to protect your home, then you might also be interested in our Home Insurance, which can give you added peace of mind when you need it the most.

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