Fire Prevention Key Points

  • Young children must never be left alone in the house, caravan, mobile home or car.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
  • Take extreme care when cooking chips / fried food. Never leave a chip-pan unattended for whatever reason.
  • Check electric blankets regularly for wear / damage and make sure they are used according to manufacturers instructions.
  • Use an effective sparkguard on open fires especially before going to bed and when children are about.
  • Do not leave newspapers, clothes or material too close to a fire or heaters (fixed / portable).
  • Switch off and unplug all non-essential appliances when not in use.
  • If you allow smoking in the house, provide large, stable ashtrays – a burning cigarette end can smoulder for hours before igniting and spreading.
  • Totally ban smoking in bed.
  • Check all leads and plugs for fraying or burning and replace if necessary. Do not overload sockets.
  • Get a qualified electrical contractor to carry out installation and repairs to electrical appliances and fittings. Don’t take chances.
  • Take special precautions at holiday periods, Halloween and Christmas.
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