Home Safety Week 2018 - reducing the risk of domestic fires
1 October 2018
The first day of October signals the start of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Home Safety Week.
NFCC are supporting this by providing home fire safety advice for the website http://staysafe.support/
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will be working within the local community to help people be safe from fire incidents in their homes. Look out for #HomeSafe18 on social media.
• Fitting a smoke alarm on every floor of a home should be recognised as a minimum standard (in a circulation space such as a hall or landing).
• It is recommended that, additionally, smoke alarms are fitted in every room in the house which is regularly inhabited (i.e. bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms) based upon the fire risk to the occupants.
• It is additionally recommended that a heat alarm should be fitted in the kitchen.
• Where possible, these alarms should be inter-linked so that all will activate if one does.
• Fit smoke alarms in the rooms you use most as well as in halls and on landings
• Make sure your smoke alarms actually work - test them regularly
• When using open fires or log burners, consider fitting a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you to deadly fumes
• Contact your local fire and rescue service if you or someone you know needs advice on specialist alarms for people with hearing impairment
• Telecare users should make sure alarms are linked to their Telecare system
First step of a home fire escape plan is to have working alarms. They buy you time and increase your chances of safety leaving the home in the event of a fire. English Housing Survey says that only 5% of households have planned an escape route. Spending some time planning how a household might get out in the event of a fire can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire.