What to do in the event of a fire

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When fire is present in any situation, you must act quickly.

  • Dial 999 or ask someone to do this for you, ask for the fire brigade and an ambulance if someone is hurt.
  • Never put yourself in danger and always ensure you have a safe escape route if you decide to tackle a small fire yourself.
  • Never throw water on a pan fire, use a fire blanket.
    or wet tea towel (but only if safe to do so).
  • If your clothes catch fire, lie down and roll, never run.  Ask someone to throw a coat or blanket over you.
  • If in any doubt leave immediately and close the door behind you.

Be prepared

  • Drill your family members, make sure they know what to do if a fire breaks out (especially if there are children in your home).
  • Buy a fire blanket.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher.
  • Know how to use both, keeping a fire blanket in the kitchen and a fire extinguisher in a handy place.
  • Ensure window and door keys are to hand, let your family know where they are.
  • Keep passage ways and stairs free from obstructions.
  • If you live in a flat, buy an escape ladder, keep it on the landing.
  • Fit a smoke alarm.

How to prevent a fire

  • Never leave a pan on the stove unattended.
  • Never overload electrical sockets.  One plug should be used for each socket.
  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach from children.
  • Never plug electric blankets into multiway sockets or extension leads.
  • Never dry your clothes in front of a fireplace.
  • Switch off your oven or hob when you have finished cooking.

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