Whether you live by yourself or with your family or friends, everyone in your home should be aware of some vital Fire Safety tips. Please see below key safety tips to help protect you from Fire:
- Fit smoke alarms and test them regularly
- Never leave cooking unattended
- Always put candles and cigarettes out properly
- Turn heaters off and put fireguards up
- Plan and practise your escape route
- Switch off appliances before going to bed – including your cooker
- Close all internal doors to prevent a fire from spreading
- Make sure exits are kept clear
- Share your safety plans with family and friends and look out for the elderly
What you should do in a fire
- Keep calm and get out quickly, do not waste time investigating.
- Do not collect valuables on your way out.
- If possible get everyone out using your escape plan.
- If there is smoke keep low where the air is clearer.
- Before you open the door check if it is warm. If it is, do not open it, fire could be on the other side.
If your escape is blocked…
- Get everyone into one room, ideally with a window and a mobile phone. Call 999.
- Use any materials such as: bedding, pillows or towels etc… to place around the bottom of doors; this will help block out any smoke.
- Open any available windows and shout “HELP FIRE”.
- If you cannot open any windows, break the glass in the bottom corner and make any jagged edges safer with a towel or a blanket.
- Wait for the Fire Service to arrive.
Escape from a high-rise building
Living above the first floor doesn’t necessarily make you any more at risk from fire. High-rise flats are built to be fire-proof: walls, ceilings and doors will hold back flames and smoke. Most of your planning should be the same as homes at ground level, but there are some key differences:
- You won’t be able to use the lift if there is a fire, so choose an escape route that takes this into account
- Count how many doors there are on the route to get to the stairs when you can’t use the lift, in case you can’t find your way
- Make sure stairways and fire escapes are kept clear of all obstructions and that fire doors are never locked
- Regularly check that you can open the doors to stairways or escape routes from both sides
If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, you are usually safest in your own flat, unless heat or smoke is affecting you. If you are affected, you should get out, stay out and call 999.
The above highlights a few tips on how to help prevent fire and what to do in a fire. There is lots more advice on the Humberside Fire & Rescue website, covering all elements of fire and how you can keep yourself safe, please follow the link below to access this site.