Many of us are spending more time indoors because of social distancing or because you're home-working. When more people are staying at home, the risk of fires starting is greatly increased.
Five key steps to follow now for a safer home
Protect your home with working smoke alarms
Smoke alarms should be tested and working.
You need at least one working alarm in the hallway leading the way out of the home.
With more electrical items now found in living rooms and bedrooms, we strongly advise that you install smoke alarms here too.
Smoke alarms should be located in any habitable room such as; living rooms, bedrooms, utilities and studies, and should be interlinked.
Alarms have improved over the years and you can now get battery operated ones that can be interlinked with each other with no need for wires.
You can find them at most hardware stores or online.
Take extra care in the kitchen
Look while you cook:
- stand by your pan and don’t get distracted or leave it unattended
- take care when consuming alcohol, as people become drowsy and fall asleep when cooking
Check your electrics
Faulty electrics or appliances have caused over 32% of fires in homes in Jersey. Make sure you:
- avoid using appliances overnight when you are sleeping. Fires take longer to be discovered and your family is at risk
- appliances can be defective and manufacturers will recall these items. To receive information if your appliances are recalled,
register your white goods
Reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading whilst you are asleep
Before you go to bed:
- turn off any electrics at the socket that are not being used
- don’t overload sockets
- don’t turn on your washing machines, tumble dryers or dish washers over night
- close internal doors at night
Plan a safe escape
Whilst you may be at home with the children, get together as a family and make an escape plan.
Make sure everyone in the house knows the escape plan and you practice it.