Having smoke alarms fitted and testing these regularly. It could be a good idea to set yourself a weekly reminder to test the alarms and ensure that you never take out the batteries, even if it were to go off unintentionally!
Some of the main causes of house fires include cooking. Take care when cooking with hot oil and think about using thermostatically controlled deep fat fryers.
Never leave lit candles unattended and reduce the use of candles where possible.
Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Keep exits clear and plan an escape route, so that in the event of a fire your exit will not be obstructed. Your night time routine should include closing internal doors, such as bedroom doors – this will help to compartmentalise a fire and reduce spreading.
Compartmentalisation is key for ensuring fire safety and literally saves lives. Make sure your front door is a suitable fire door.
Know the evacuation strategy for the block if you live in an apartment. Is it a ‘stay-put’ or ‘simultaneous evacuation’ strategy?
Take special care when you are tired or when you’ve been drinking.
Keep clothing away from heating appliances.
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