Most fires in the home start accidentally, so it is important that you know how reduce the chance of a fire starting in your home. If a fire breaks out in your home, get out, stay out and call 999.
Most fires in the home can be prevented by taking some basic precautions:
- Make sure you have smoke alarms on at least every level of your home (you can get free smoke alarms for your home by contacting your local fire authority)
- Test your smoke alarms regularly
- Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
- Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire
- Take extra care in the kitchen – never leave cooking unattended
- Do not overload electrical sockets and watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment and wiring/cables.
If you live in a block of flats/apartments, other things you can do
- Keep communal areas clear and free from obstructions for example bicycles, toys, furniture etc.
- Report any faults or false alarms to Irwell Valley.
- If you smoke; take care when extinguishing cigarettes; use metal bins instead of plastic or wicker, always observe No Smoking restrictions within your building.
- Take care when cooking, particularly with oil or fat which is highly dangerous and can cause fires which are fast spreading. Don’t allow pans to boil dry and take extra care when making toast or grilling.
- If a fire breaks out in your flat, leave straight away, together with anybody else, then close the door .
- Call the Fire Service.