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What To Do In The Event Of A Fire

• Have a family escape plan and practice it with your family.
• Don’t panic; stay calm. Your safe escape may depend on thinking clearly.
• Notify every member in the residence of the fire.
• Get out of the house as quickly as possible. Do not stop to collect anything or to get dressed.
• Feel the doors to see if they are hot. If they’re hot, do not open them – use an alternative escape route.
• Stay close to the floor. Smoke and hot gases rise.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth (wet if possible). Take short, shallow breaths.
• Keep doors and windows closed. Open them only if you have to in order to escape.
• Meet at your planned meeting place after leaving the house. Carry out a head count.
• Call 999 as soon as possible from outside your house.
• Never go back inside, until a member of the fire service has told you it is safe to do so.
• Contact your local fire service to get more ideas on making your home safer from fires.

Child Fire Safety

The best way to teach children about fire safety is by example.

• Let your children see you being sensible and careful about cooking, candles, smoking and other potential fire risks.
• Teach them how to prevent a fire and what to do if there is a fire.
• You will probably need to talk about this more than once, to make sure they have remembered and understood what you have taught them.
• Fit an audible smoke alarm
• Have escape plans in place
• Do not allow them to overload electrical sockets

Safety for the Elderly

Fire is dangerous for everyone, but if you are older and live independently, it is a good idea to be extra careful, especially if you are less mobile. The following tips can contribute to greater safety in and around the home:

• Fit an audible smoke alarm.
• Keep an eye on pans when cooking.
• Always take extra care with hot oil.
• Make sure that candles are in secure holders and never leave them unattended.
• Do not overload electrical sockets.
• Make sure cigarettes are put out properly and disposed of carefully. NEVER smoke in bed.

Many elderly people feel the cold especially in the winter, and an electric blanket can be a good source of warmth during the cold nights. However, statistics show that for every 1000 fires started by an electric blanket, 440 will result in injury. It is therefore very important to ensure that electric blankets are used safely; this includes storing them dry and flat, and ensuring that they are well maintained. Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if the blanket is switched off.