The top 5 rules of fire safety in the home

You don’t need us to tell you that fire is a dangerous thing. But despite the fact that everyone knows this, many disregard basic fire safety rules. So, to act as a reminder we’ve put together a list of the five top rules of fire safety in the home…

  • Cook with care: Cooking is one of the most common causes of a fire outbreak in the home so don’t take any risks when you’re whipping your evening meal together. Never leave the oven or frying pan unattended as this is where issues occur. And if you have to leave, turn the oven off. Don’t cook drunk either; it won’t end well.
  • Electrical cords: Regularly check your electrical cords to see if they’re faulty, cracked or deteriorating. Any damaged cord can quickly start an electrical fire, so it’s your responsibility to make sure they’re well maintained. Don’t overload circuits either. Oh, and avoid running extensions cords under doors or carpets as this is where they can quickly become damaged.
  • Smoke detectors: That annoying beep emitting from your smoke detector? It’s telling you that the batteries need changing. What you shouldn’t do is simply take the old battery out to stop the beeping. You need to replace it. Keep on top of the maintenance of your smoke detector and check that they’re in working order once a every couple of months.
  • Candles: Sure, you want your living room to smell nice and the ambient lighting of candles works well for you. But they’re another common cause of house fires. So if you are going to use them, make sure that you blow them out when you’ve finished. Or go one better and buy LED versions; you can leave these on all night if you want and they’re posing no risk whatsoever.
  • Common sense: For the most part, fire safety is common sense. If you’re doing something that could cause a fire in your house, stop doing it. Simple!

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