10 rules for fire safety
- Teach your family all the dangers of fire, and practice your fire escape plan thoroughly.
- Fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home. Keep them free from dust, test the batteries regularly, and always replace dead batteries.
- Be prepared: install an all-purpose fire extinguisher in a prominent position, and a fire blanket close to (but not over) the hob.
- Unless a fire is very small and can be put out with a domestic fire extinguisher, do not tackle it yourself.
- Don't leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby as this could cause a fire. Always switch off and unplug when not in use.
- Never leave a chip-pan unattended. If a chip-pan fire starts, contain it by turning off the heat source then covering the pan with a damp cloth or fire blanket. Leave it there for at least 30 minutes while the heat subsides.
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of sight and out of the reach of children.
- Don't overload electrical sockets. Remember one plug for one socket.
- Never leave lit candles in rooms when nobody is inside or where children are alone. Ensure candles are in secure holders on a surface that does not burn and are away from any flammable materials.
- In the event of a fire, get everyone out, shutting all doors behind you and call the fire brigade.
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