House fires are destructive, they ruin homes and destroy lives. In 2017/2018 there we're over 37,000 confirmed house fires with a little over 400 house fire related deaths.
Although statistics show that house fires are less frequent, fire is still a serious risk and steps should be taken to minimise its effects. Here's just a few simple ways that you could help to prevent a fire at your home.
During the Christmas periods statics show an increase of fires within the home, this is typically because of our Christmas lighting and decorations and all the extension leads we use. Your electrical circuits are only designs to supply a certain amount of constant electricity, exceeding this could overload your system and cause a fire.
Make sure when caring out DIY to consult an electrician if in unsure.
Get your electrics tested every 10 years, although currently not a legal requirement in the UK a periodic inspection will provide a health check on your home electrics identifying any work require to make safe.
Periodic inspections may soon become a legal requirement every 5 years.
Remember if unsure consult an electrician.
Test your smoke alarms, 25% of homes within the UK were found not to have a smoke alarm fitted in the same year 200 home fire related deaths were recorded. A monitored fire alarm system is always recommend as this will contact the fire brigade automatically if a fire is detected. At a minimum stand alone smoke alarms are recommended. Use heat detectors in kitchens, garages and attics to avoid false alarms. And remember, test once a week!
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2015 saw 380 recorded fire related injuries caused by leaving candles unattended. Ensure when leaving the room for longer periods of time to blow out any candles and avoid falling asleep with candles still lite.
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Avoid stacking appliances where every possible.
Most appliances and devices are designed to operate at room temperatures, if stacked each device will start to over heat causing possible damage to the machines and even a fire. Keep all devices separated or spaces to avoid overheating.
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Turn off any plugs not in use especially any tablet, phone or smart watch plugs as these are usually low voltages and components inside can overheat easily. Also make sure to buy quality and safe products not from dodgy websites or other counties.
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Finally make sure to think about a fire escape plan. Think about how you would escape your home in the event of a fire from multiple locations within your home. Can you get out quick enough? If your on the 1'st floor can you get down? Do you need fire extinguishers? Thinking of all these situations before hand helps to better prepare your for an emergency escape.
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