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2022 is here. A brand new year. Let us hope that it brings more freedom for everyone. It is a good time to check or change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They really do save lives!
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Kelham Fire Protection Ltd wishes you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Every household should have some sort of escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action.
If you prefer to create your own, then please follow our safety advice below.
Plan together as a family ensuring that all the children in the household know the plan and what to do in the unlikely event of fire occurring. Special arrangements need to be made in consideration of any elderly people who may like with you and how you will implement the escape.
The Escape Route
Ensure that the escape route is practicable and can be carried out. Have regular talk though so its always fresh. It is also advisable to have a room in which you could all stay in if the worse was to happen. It would be suggested that this room also has a telephone so you can summon help. Make sure all the children know your address in case they have to telephone themselves.
Shout for Help
Only escape from a window if you are in immediate danger from the fire. When in the room it is advisable to put bedding or clothes at the bottom of the door to stop the smoke coming in before you all have escaped. If there are two adults, then one should drop first to enable the children to be lowered before being dropped, don’t jump. If you are escaping from a upper bedroom throw out the mattress or bedding to help cushion the landing.
Please note: Whilst in the perfect world, it would be ideal to leave your house keys in your door locks for an easy escape, we do find ourselves in a society where this is not practicable due to theft etc. If you are worried about the security of your home, it is advised that your keys should be left in a safe and suitable place, and that all the family are fully aware of where they are, should the worse happen.
The wild fires in Greece are an example of what can happen in extreme adverse weather conditions. Although it is unlikely that we will have the same conditions here in the UK. Here are the governmental advice notes whilst enjoying our beautiful countryside. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/…/Fire-Safety…
Candles in the home are now getting a more and more popular way to add relaxation to our homes, which has seen a large increase in the number of candle related incidents.
In the year 2003 alone, there were 1791 house fires due to candles. As a result, 22 people died and over 650 were injured.
As the sales of candles has gone up by 50% in recent years, this trend is unfortunately going to continue unless people are educated as to the dangers of candles and the damage they can cause.
Candles mark special occasions and create a special atmosphere. They also bring fire into your home. So treat them carefully.
The Do’s and Dont’s
Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. TVs are not fire-resistant objects
Put them in a proper holder. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won’t fall over. The holder needs to be stable too, so it won’t fall over either
Position them away from curtains. Don’t put candles near curtains or other fabrics – or furniture. And keep them out of draughts
Don’t put them under shelves. It’s easy to forget that there’s a lot of heat above a burning candle. If you put it under a shelf or other surface then it can burn the surface. Make sure there’s at least three feet (one metre) between a candle and any surface above it
Keep clothes and hair away. If there’s any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it’s there, put it somewhere else. You don’t want to set fire to your clothes or your hair
Keep children and pets away. Candles should be out of reach of children and pets
Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles
Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder
Don’t move them when they’re burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don’t let anything fall into the hot wax like match sticks
Don’t leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child’s bedroom
Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It’s safer than blowing them, which can send sparks and hot wax flying
Double check they’re out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a fire. Make sure they’re completely out.
Outdoor activities are often a great way to spend your leisure time but they have their own set of unique fire risks that should not be underestimated. However, some common sense preparation can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
A barbecue should be a safe and enjoyable experience but it’s all too easy to be distracted when you have friends and family around you whilst cooking. To avoid injuries or damage to property, follow these simple precautions:
Make sure your barbecue is in good working order
Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs
Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
Never leave the barbecue unattended
Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.
Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches)
Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and never use petrol
Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder
Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area
If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but do not overtighten
After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.
Caravans are smaller and more confined than a house so the fire risks can be potentially more hazardous. It is essential that you install a smoke alarm to give early warning of a fire and follow these precautions to reduce your risks:
On a caravan site, find out what the firefighting arrangements are
Never leave children alone in a caravan – they are particularly vulnerable
A fully charged water or dry powder fire extinguisher should be located in the caravan near an exit door and a fire blanket should be adjacent to the cooking area
Keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use candles
Make sure everyone knows how to operate escape windows and doors
Keep gas cylinders outside the caravan unless a special ventilated compartment is provided.
Fire Safety in the Countryside
Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitat. Many of these fires are started deliberately but by following a few simple precautions and showing a little extra care, many others could be prevented:
Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished
Don’t leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after use
Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to prevent them magnifying the sun’s rays and starting a fire
Explain to children the dangers of playing with lighted fires.
If fire breaks out, call the fire and rescue service immediately on 999 or 112. When specifying your location, mention any landmarks – perhaps a church or pub – and if phoning from a phone box, stay nearby so you can direct the fire appliances to the scene.
Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself unless it is very small – grass and crop fires can travel very quickly.
Every year, many people are injured from fire whilst camping. The following fire safety precautions will help ensure you don’t become one of them:
Allow at least 6 metres (18 feet) spacing between tents
Never use candles in or near a tent – always use a torch
Discourage smoking – especially in smaller tents
Do not use cooking equipment in smaller tents
Ensure everyone knows the location of the nearest telephone and if applicable nearest fire point in case of emergency.
Keep cookers away from the tent entrance
Make certain the cooker is stable, away from draughts and in an area where they will not get knocked over
Keep flammables (including long grass) away from the cooking area
Avoid using liquid fuel appliances if at all possible
Only change disposable gas cylinders when they are completely empty.
Building an open fire
Never build a fire where the soil is of peat
Build it well away from any tents – especially in windy weather (at least 10 metres)
Clear the area of grass, leaves and brush away to form a circle of earth around the fire
A fire stack should be made so that it will collapse inwards when burning
Do not leave the fire unattended and watch for flying embers or sparks
Make sure you extinguish the fire before going to bed or when you leave.
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