Thursday, February 02, 2006

Twelve steps to protect yourself and your home

Fire Safety Tips

  • Fit smoke alarms on each level in your home. Keep them free from dust and test them once a week. Consider buying a 10-year alarm; otherwise change the batteries in your alarm every year.
  • Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape if there is a fire.
  • Keep the exits from your home clear so that people can escape if there is a fire.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home can easily find the keys for doors and windows.
  • Get into the habit of closing doors at night. If you want to keep a child’s bedroom dooropen, close the doors to the lounge and kitchen, it may well help save their life if there is a fire.
  • Take extra care in the kitchen – accidents while cooking account for over half of firesin homes. Never leave young children alone in the kitchen.
  • Take extra care when cooking with hot oil. Consider buying a deep-fat fryer which iscontrolled by a thermostat (if you don’t already have one).
  • Don’t leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby as this could cause a fire. Always switch it off and unplug when it’s not in use.
  • Never leave lit candles in rooms that nobody is in or in rooms where children are on theirown.
  • Make sure candles are in secure holders on a surface that doesn’t burn and are away from any materials that could burn.
  • Keep matches and lighters where children can’t see or reach them.
  • Take special care when you’re tired or when you've been drinking.
  • Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are disposed of carefully, and
never smoke in bed.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets. Remember one plug for one socket.

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