What’s the most dangerous room in your house?

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Home is our haven Most feel comfortable in the kitchen with its familiarity and comforting smells. But statistically it is the most dangerous place to be, Recent numbers show in 300 dwelling fires in a single winter 220 were caused by cooking. Don’t starve or eat takeaways all the time. What to do?. Don’t leave things unattended on the stove Be there! If contents of a pan catch fire smother with a fire blanket or a large saucepan lid Don’t use water, (Hint you could put Baking Soda on it). Importantly mentally rehearse what you would do and Keep FIRESAFE.

SWEET & SOUR WINTER WARMTH

We love the comfort of an electric blanket. But its sweet comfort can turn sour by igniting a fire in your bed. If you’re there, turn the power off at the switch or switchboard. Extinguish the fire . Look after your blanket - Do NOT tuck an electric blanket under the mattress, fold it over double, crease it, or extend it under the pillows. It will warn you it is wearing - minor charring, hotspots or uneven heating , doesn’t turn on or heat reliably , then eventually it will start a fire, buy a new one and keep FIRESAFE

BE A HERO AT HOME

Nightly news pictures inspire us with the exploits of firefighters all over the world. Well equipped, trained firefighters at significant fires. In truth the number of significant domestic fires is small Small domestic fires are dealt with effectively by someone there using basic equipment. Adopt a simple process - Assess: Is it small enough to handle? Decide:What will you do? Smother or Extinguish it. Deal with it. But like firefighters on TV it is better with the basics a Fire Blanket and Portable extinguisher AND the training to use them. Don’t wait for a fire before doing something to Keep FIRESAFE

WILL YOU BE LOCKED IN WITH A FIRE?

We are more afraid of threats outside than those at home. We lock up the house, sometimes installing deadlocks. Smoke Detectors are compulsory because fires frequently occur in homes. Fires spread quickly, smoke spreads even faster Smoke kills efficiently and quickly- in a smoky fire you must leave the house immediately. Time to unlock a deadlock will trap you long enough to kill you. Deadlocks prevent thieves from taking your possessions away when no one is home. Even security doors can take time. Everyone needs to practice how to escape quickly. Don’t lock yourself in Keep FIRESAFE.

The rest of the series will include, amongst others, fires in:

  • Microwave oven 
  • Television set 
  • Phone charger 
  • Discarded batteries
  • Barbecue gas bottles
  • Lounge suite
  • Cigarette butt
  • Brush fences
  • Clothing on heaters
  • Children’s nightwear
  • Chimneys
  • Car
  • Caravan
  • Boat
Notes on
  1. Home fire extinguishers
  2. Fire Prevention at home
  3. Preparing Home Fire plans
  4. Fire Insurance claims