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Keep safe with our Fire Safety tips this Autumn

2016 - December, Latest news

With Diwali and Halloween here; and Bonfire Night fast approaching we are joining the nationwide Fire Kills campaign to inform our customers of fire safety for this Autumn period.

 

Here are some of top tips on smoke alarms, candles, and fireworks below…

 

Smoke alarms

 

The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms - test them. They could save your life.

 

Here are some top tips on smoke alarms:

 

  • Fit at least one on every level of your home and test them monthly.

  • Ten year sealed battery smoke alarms are the best option - they are slightly more expensive, but you save on the cost of replacing batteries.

  • Never disconnect your alarms or take the batteries out if it goes off by mistake.

  • The ideal position to install an alarm is on the ceiling in the middle of a room and on the hallway and landing so you can hear an alarm throughout your home.

  • Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.

  • If it is difficult for you to fit smoke alarms yourself, contact your local fire and rescue service for help.

 

Candles – Diwali

 

The Fire Kills campaign is also raising awareness about the safety measures that should be followed whilst using candles. Below is a table of how many candle fires happened in England and how many casualties there were between 2004 - 2014.

 

Year

Candle Fires in England

Fatal Casualties

Non-Fatal Casualties

2004/05

1,476

10

565

2005/06

1,389

21

552

2006/07

1,230

14

531

2007/08

1,128

9

477

2008/09

970

12

382

2009/10

1,004

12

368

2010/11

908

10

383

2011/12

799

7

333

2012/13

915

5

341

2013/14

796

9

316

2014/15

916

15

364

Here are some top tips on the safe use of candles:

 

  • Make sure that when in use, candles are secured in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains.

  • Children should not be left alone with lit candles.

  • Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night.

 

  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.

  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.

  • Don’t move candles once they are lit

  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use.

  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring (mainly with tea-lights).

  • Use a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.Bringing these important tips to life, Fireman Sam and his team feature in animated videos that we will be sharing also which will ensure all members of the family are aware of the potential fire hazards around these special events.

 

Fireworks – Diwali & Bonfire night

 

Here is asra's Fire Safety Manager, Gary Broadhurst's top five safety tips for Diwali and Bonfire night!

 

 1. Go to an organised event away from your home run by professional people who have all the facilities available to them including;

 

  • Hundreds of pounds worth of fire work display equipment

  • Safety marshals

  • First aiders (Ambulance on site)

  • Drinks and food marquees

  • Emergency action plans in place

 

2. If you do have fireworks at home keep them away from children and locked in a safe place outside in a shed if possible and in a suitable container (remember even the smallest spark can set them off, from static electricity)

 

3. Make sure you have a plan before starting your own display;

 

  • Consider where you will light them and the wind direction

  • Consider where they will go after you have lit them

  • Do not return to a firework that has not gone off

  • Use suitable protective equipment when you light them i.e. hat, goggles and gloves etc.

  • Consider where and how far away people will stand to watch (further away gives best results for displays) don’t forget strong winds can change things

  • Consider where you will keep and store the next fireworks before you light them (remember only light one at a time “we are not professionals”)

  • Have a battery safety light available to use to see the instructions

  • Always follow the instructions carefully

  • Let your neighbours know in advance before you light them

  • Have first aid equipment available such as sand buckets, water, cling film and blankets

  • Make sure you have a phone handy

 

4) Pets don't like fireworks - keep them indoors

 

5) Remember the emergency services could be very busy and there could be a delay to get to your home, so think about number 1 and go to an organised event. 

We hope all our customers keep safe over the celebration period!

 

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