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Fire Safety (survival) Guide

  1. Electricity:
    • Switch off all electrical appliances not designed to be left running continuously before you go to bed - especially blankets and heaters.
    • Look out for warning signs of dangerous wiring.
    • Hot plugs and sockets.
    • Fuses that blow for no obvious reason.
    • Lights flickering.
    • Brown scorch marks on sockets and plugs.
  2. Smoking:
    • Never smoke in bed or when you are tired.
    • If you have to put a cigarette down put it out.
    • Make sure ashtrays are emptied and safe last thing at night or when you go out.
    • Keep matches and disposable lighters out of the reach of children.
  3. Chip Pans:
    • Never fill a pan more than a third full.
    • Never leave a pan unattended on the cooker.
    • Never place the handle of the pan over the front of the cooker.
    • Never carry a lighted pan, and never use water to extinguish a chip pan fire.
  4. Misuse of equipment:
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instruction regard the use and maintenance of equipment.
    • Avoid build up of heat within electrical items such as TV's, video's computers etc by ensuring that any ventilation slots are kept free from obstruction.

Your Fire Action Plan;

If a fire occurs you will only have a short time to get out - use that time wisely - don't just wait for a fire to start.

If it is safe to do so, close the door of the room where the fire has started. This will help delay the spread of the fire and smoke and give you and your family more time to get out.

If you suspect that there is a fire behind a closed door - leave it - don't open it.

  1. Plan your escape route from every room.
  2. Plan what to do if you are cut off by fire or smoke, it's not easy, but remain calm.
  3. Close the door to help stop the smoke spreading into the room.
  4. Go to the window - if the room is smoky crawl, it's easier to breathe nearer the floor because the smoke rises upwards.
  5. Attract attention of your neighbour or a passer by.

Practice your family "fire drill" at regular intervals, ensure that every member of your family knows all their possible exits and that they know how to call the fire brigade and in an emergency, everyone should



You should only attempt to fight the fire if it is still a small fire and there is no personal danger to you or the rest of the family.

Remember, if they have not been alerted about the fire and it gets out of control they might become trapped.

Fire extinguishers are only a first aid measure and should only be used to stop a small fire from getting out of control. Know what type of fire it is safe to use you extinguisher because using the wrong type can be even more dangerous than letting the fire burn. If you don't have an extinguisher then a bucket of water, a damp cloth or even turning off the power can be just as effective in the right situation.

Your next Steps!

If you would like more information about fire safety in the home or at work; or would like to arrange for a presentation to be given to your group or association then please don't hesitate to call:

Richard Lock of Firewise on Freephone 0800 57 87 999

Firewise provide professional Fire Safety Training across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and the South of England.