Tips for preventing a fire in your home

Where fires are concerned - Prevention is the best medicine.

Take these steps to prevent a fire in your home:

  • Ensure you have working smoke detectors, test them once a month and keep spare batteries in your home to replace batteries when you need to.
  • Do not borrow batteries from the Smoke Alarm.
  • Ensure all doors are closed when going to bed.
  • Unplug all electrics when you are not using them.
  • If you hear a smoke alarm exit the house immediately.
  • Have an escape plan, ensure pathway to leave house is clear at all times
  • Do not have mirrors over fireplaces with real fires.
  • Make sure you have at least one fire alarm on each floor of your home, as close to the center of the largest open space (hall, landing).
  • Make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher placed in a prominent place, such as kitchen or living room (appropriate for gas and electrical fires).
  • Preferably have one downstairs and another upstairs.
  • Make sure you have a fire blanket in the kitchen.

If a fire does occur in your home:

  • Exit the house by the nearest available exit.
  • Close all doors behind you to try and contain the fire.
  • To avoid smoke inhalation stay low to the ground.
  • Do not re-enter house for personal items.

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