Please see below 10 tops tips for keeping your home fire safe:
- Fit smoke alarms on each floor level, keep them dust free and test them once a week.
- Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape in the event of a fire. Make sure that everyone can find keys for doors and windows easily.
- Keep exits clear of obstructions so that people can make their escape.
- Take care in the kitchen - accidents while cooking account for 59% of fires in the home.
- Take extra care with hot cooking oil – consider buying an electric thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer if you don’t use one already.
- Never leave lit candles unattended and ensure they are in a secure, non-flammable holder.
- Dispose of cigarette ends carefully and never smoke in bed.
- Don’t overload electrical sockets, especially when using multi-socket extensions.
- Don’t leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Never leave a candle unattended and remember to extinguish it before you go to sleep
Make sure the candle is standing up straight and is firmly fixed in a proper holder so it can't fall over. Scented candles turn to liquid in order to release their fragrance, so always burn them in a suitable glass or metal container that will not leak the liquid and can withstand the heat from it
Always place candles on a heat resistant surface. Nightlights and tealights can melt plastic surfaces, such as the top of the TV and the side of a bath tub
Keep candles out of draughts, blowing curtains and sources of heat or direct sunlight
Always leave at least 10cm (four inches) between two candles and never place them under shelves or other surfaces
Extinguish candles before they burn into holders
Burn all candles well out of reach of children and pets
Always put candles out before you move them. Using a 'snuffer' or a spoon is safer than blowing them out, which can send sparks and hot wax flying
Consider an extra smoke alarm in the rooms where you burn candles
NEVER use outdoor candles indoors
NEVER lean across a candle - you could set your hair or clothes on fire
NEVER play with candles
Fire Service call-outs
Did you know in 2020/21 the Fire Service attended:
Incidents at SHG properties
The cost of one fire engine attending a false alarm
At a tower block the Fire Service will send a minimum of 4 or 5 engines.