FIRE SAFETY: What you need to know
Fire can have a devastating effect on you, your family and your home as seen in the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower. Our thoughts are with all that have been affected.
Following the terrible events in London, we can confirm that we have no high rise properties in our stock and although we do have a significant number of properties that have been clad in recent years, the techniques and materials used are not the same as the systems used in London.
Remember, by taking some basic precautions and following the steps in this post you can help prevent a fire in your home.
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and carry out a test regularly. Replace the batteries when required and if you need a new one, let us know!
- Talk with all family members about an emergency fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year
- Keep common access stairwells clear of prams, bikes and other obstructions and ensure that doors are closed at all times.
- Most fires take place in the living room and kitchen – take extra care in these spaces
- Make sure your appliances are in good working order and sockets are not over-loaded
- Make a rule not to smoke in your house and when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol, make sure cigarettes are properly stubbed out and fully extinguished before putting in the bin
- Keep lit candles in holders away from children, animals and loose fabrics
- Unplug appliances when they are not in use. This includes, TVs, washing machines, computers, e-cigarettes and chargers. It is especially important to double check these are unplugged fully when going to bed
- When cooking, make sure all pot handles are turned to the side and can not be easily knocked over. Don’t leave cooking unattended and take extra care when cooking with oil
- If you use an electric blanket, make sure you check it regularly for damage and when it is not in use store it carefully – never leave an electric blanket switched on when you’re in bed unless it is marked as “safe for all night use”
For further information on Fire Safety please visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Website - www.firescotland.gov.uk or if you would like to book a free home fire safety visit from your local rescue service call 0808 100 31 41
This information was taken from the Fire and Rescue Service Fire Safety Guide. This guide can be read in full here; http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/media/332178/Your_Guide_to_Fire_Safety.pdf
Fire Safety: What to do if there’s a fire in your home
Would you know what to do if there was a fire in your home? Here's some useful tips and remember, you can visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's website for lots more information - www.firescotland.gov.uk
- Close the door to the room the fire is in if you can, this will help protect your escape route and stop the fire spreading as quickly
- Plan your route out of the house and follow your emergency escape plan
- Keep low – the air is cleaner and cooler near the floor
- Never open a door if its warm to touch
- Use the stairs – never use a lift in the event of a fire
- If your clothing catches fire; stop, drop and roll. If it’s someone else use a blanket, thick coat or rug.
- Don’t stop to pick up any valuables
- Shout ‘fire’ to warn family members and neighbours and call 999 when it is safe to do so
- Never try to go back into the property until a firefighter tells you it is safe to do so
- Never jump out of a window from an upper floor. Instead, stand by a window so firefighters can see you. If you are on the first floor, you may be able to lower yourself on to cushions or pillows
If you are unable to get out;
- Get everyone into one room and pack clothes, cushions or towels around the door to keep the smoke out
- Open a window and shout ‘fire’ until someone is able to call the Fire & Rescue service
- Keep leaning out the window for fresh air until the firefighters arrive