Fire Safety Week 20167 Oct 2016
This week in RADAR our focus has turned to fire safety. According to the UK Fire Service Resource, “every year the UK Fire Rescue Service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries. About 50,000 of these are in the home. They kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000.” The Statistics are overwhelming! As the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are marking 3-10th October as Fire Safety Week, we will be posting our own tips on Fire Safety to raise awareness on how to make your home safer and fire free.
#1 Test Your Smoke Detectors
A smoke alarm can give you those precious few minutes of warning to get you and your family to get out safely. Smoke alarms cost around £5 and are simple to install. They are widely available from DIY and electrical shops and even some supermarkets, so you can’t use the excuse that you don’t know where to find them. Install and test them to your heart’s content!
#2 Have a Bedtime Routine
Carrying out a night time check around the house before going to bed takes hardly any time and reduces the risk of fire. Things like turning off electrical items that aren’t designed to stay on for long periods of time, closing doors, blowing out candles etc are easy fixes that could prevent a fire.
#3 Call 999
If there is a fire in your home, find a way of getting everyone out of the building as quickly and safely as possible. Call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service.
#4 Know Your Escape Plan
If a fire occurs at home you may have to get out in the dark. Escaping from a fire will be easier if you have already planned your escape route and know where to go. Make sure and plan your fire escape route with everyone in the house, remove any furniture/ storage items if they’re blocking an exit. Protect your escape route by closing all doors to it, especially at night and arrange a safe place to meet outside.
#5 Get Out and Stay Out
It’s a simple message but an important one. Once you get out of a fire, don’t return for any reason. Get out, Stay out and get the Fire and Rescue Service out!