Last year, 248 people lost their lives due to a fire at home. Many of these could have been prevented.
Everyday fire risks are present in our homes. Well-known risks include candles and cooking left unattended, covered electrical heaters, overloaded plugs, and cigarettes.
Stay safe from fire in the home
Here are a few ways to keep you and your family, friends and neighbours safe:
- Smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and you should make sure you can hear them throughout
- Test your smoke alarms monthly – they could save your life, but only if they are working
- Offer to test the smoke alarms of an older family member, neighbour or friend who needs help
- Plan and practice how you’d escape in a fire and have a plan B
- Most accidental fires start in the kitchen, so take care and never leave cooking unattended
- Don’t overload plug sockets and adapters – watch out for loose wiring, scorch marks, and hot plugs and sockets
- Keep heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them to dry clothes
- Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully – put it out, right out.
Did you know?
- You are over seven times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there are no working smoke alarms
- Smoke alarms only take a moment to test but they give you and your family the best chance of surviving a fire.
By following these quick and simple steps, we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused by accidental fires.