We know that there will be some real changes in homes across Warwickshire in the next few weeks with more people working from home, people self-isolating or social distancing and with this brings its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to staying fire safe.
Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to reduce the chances of having a fire in your home, the most important being to ensure that you have working smoke alarms fitted onto each floor of your home. With children at home there will obviously be a lot more distractions, especially around mealtimes. If you are cooking, please ensure that you don’t leave your cooking unattended. Fires start when your attention stops, so ensure that you take pans off the heat if you are distracted by a call from work or family members.
Equally if you’re cooking, please ensure that you don’t leave things like tea towels on the hob. They can quickly ignite causing a fire to spread rapidly.
If you are working from home as well as trying to keep the rest of the family entertained, remember not to overload plug sockets as extension leads can only handle so much power. The chances are if you overload the sockets, they will blow. Remember also, if you are going to leave your home, don’t leave washing machines or tumbles dryers on and do not leave electrical items such as tablets, laptops or mobile phones on charge. This is particularly important if you are using an alternative or faulty charger as they can easily overheat and catch fire.
Whenever possible, especially when you’re asleep, keep all internal doors closed. This helps to stop fire spreading. If a fire does happen, don’t be tempted to tackle it yourself. Get out, stay out and call 999.
Talking about home fire safety, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Group Manager, Tim Sargent said
“We know that in the current climate fire safety may not be your priority, but by following our advice you can significantly reduce the chances of having a fire in your home. Be assured that we’re doing all we can to ensure that its business as usual in Warwickshire, but know that we are taking sensible precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible.”
Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:
“Our priority is to keep residents as safe as possible. By following the advice of the fire service, you can significantly reduce the chances of having a fire in your home. Make it a priority now to ensure that you have working smoke alarms on each floor of your property and have a clear fire escape plan. This will ensure that you are in the best place possible should the worst happen, and you need to escape quickly and safely from your home.”
For more information on fire safety visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafety