Time for a spring clean? It could save your life!

As part of the national fire safety campaign, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue is asking people to have a ‘spring clean’ and clear escape routes in their home, as well as ensure their family, guests and loved ones know how to get out, stay out, and call 999 in the event of a fire.

Working smoke alarms are essential in order to provide that all-important warning in the event of a fire, however blocked exits, locked doors or unfamiliar surroundings mean the time it takes to get of the house could be significantly increased.

Moreno Francioso, Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“Every second counts when escaping a fire. Having working smoke alarms and knowing the escape plan in an emergency could make all the difference to getting out quickly and safely.

“If you have dependants or someone less able to care for, it could take more time to get out, stay out and call 999. So make sure you’re always prepared, your exits are clear and everyone knows what to do if the worst should happen.”

Cllr Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety said:

“I hope Warwickshire residents take on board the advice from our fire service and make sure they are able to get out of their property in the event of the fire.

“Regularly testing smoke detectors, effective planning and clear escape routes are vital to keeping your family safe in an emergency”

While testing your smoke alarm regularly is vital, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue is encouraging people to make time this week to take some simple steps to help keep your loved ones safe:

  • Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire, making an escape plan and practising it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.
  • Test your smoke alarms regularly. Smoke alarms can save your life but only if they work.
  • Clear your escape routes. Make sure you’re able to escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit.
  • Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place. Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire.

If you care for others, children and loved ones consider the following:

  • How will they get out? Plan an escape route that works for them and think of any difficulties they may have or help they may need getting out. Would they benefit from a torch to light their way or a stair rail?
  • Where is the best place to go if the worst happens and they can’t escape? This is especially important if they have trouble moving around or can’t get downstairs on their own.
  • Who’s your ‘Escape champ’? Nominate someone in your home (perhaps a child) to be the ‘Escape champ’. Role-playing escape routes regularly and giving children the responsibility to keep escape routes clear makes fire safety more fun and engaging.

More information can be found a: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/escapeplan