County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue are one of the organisations within our partnership. They often conduct Fire Safety Checks and install fire alarms for clients referred to us through the Hotspots scheme. Here are a few fire safety tips to help you to stay safe.
Prevention is Better than Cure
- Install smoke alarms. You can have them installed free from your local Fire Brigade. In the event of a fire, this could save your life!
- Avoid overloading extension cables. If an extension cord is over-filled or powering another extension cord plugged into it, it massively increases the risk of fire.
- Don’t run extension cables under rugs.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Store matches and cigarette lighters out of reach of children.
- Keep an eye on candles. Candles can create a lovely, warming atmosphere, particularly in the winter months, but be careful not to place them too close to flammable objects or furniture, such as curtains or newspapers.
- Remember to extinguish candles before bed or going out.
- Make sure that portable heaters are kept away from flammable materials and never go to sleep or leave the house while one if still running.
- Always make sure to shut all of the internal doors when you go to bed. That way, if there is a fire, it will take longer for it to spread.
- If you have halogen lights, make sure they are away from flammable curtains or wall/ceiling hangings.
SOS. Tips that could save your life if a fire occurs:
- In a fire, time is crucial. Don’t stop to find valuables, try to get out as quickly as possible.
- Phone the fire brigade when you are outside of the building.
- If there is a lot of smoke, stay as close to the ground as possible.
- If you suspect there’s a fire in the next room, feel the door before you open it. If it feels hot, plan another way out.
- If grease catches fire when you’re cooking, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames, and then turn off the heat.
- Never return to a burning building.