Advice on what you can do to make your home safe, including advice for people worried about hoarding or cluttered homes and how to plan your escape should a fire occur.
You are four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works. The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms.
Get them, install them and test them, they could save your life. Helpful tips on smoke alarms are available within the ‘Fire safety in the home’ leaflet (Gov.uk).
In addition to the guidance provided below, you can make a request for a home safety check. You can also refer a friend or relative so if you know or care for someone who is over the age of 60 or who has a physical or mental health need that affects their ability to react or escape in a fire you can encourage them to contact us or refer them (with their permission).
We prioritise this service for those who are most at risk. Please remember to check the identity of any visitors to your home.
We want you, your family, friends and neighbours to be safe from fire in your home. To help you do this, watch the following short video (courtesy of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service) which will highlight the risks in your home room by room and give you some advice on how to make it safer: Home safety video.
If you have children why not make it fun and get them to help you spot the risks so that they develop an understanding about fire safety.
You are more at risk from a fire when asleep. Most fires start in the kitchen or the lounge, so it’s a good idea to follow the bedtime checklist below before you go to sleep.
If you store large amounts of possessions in and around your home, it means that a fire has a greater risk of spreading, and it may be more difficult to escape quickly. You can help keep yourself safe from fire by ensuring you have a fire escape plan (see next section).
If you feel that you need some help or assistance with the above, there are many organisations that will support you through the process free of charge.
For details, go to the Help for Hoarders website where you can also download a helpful tips leaflet provided by the London Fire Brigade
Fitting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is the first crucial step to protecting yourself from fire. But what would you do if one went off during the night? Watch the video below (courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) and follow the steps to help make you plan ready for an emergency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2xar33-DdE Make your fire escape plan
What to do if there is a fire
What to do if your escape is blocked
What to do if your clothes catch fire
For more information, please read the information within the ‘Fire safety in the home’ leaflet (GOV.UK).
It it is difficult for you to fit smoke alarms yourself, ask a friend or family member to help you.
If you are a tenant and rent your property, your landlord or housing provider have a legal responsibility to ensure you have working alarms at the start of your tenancy. For more information, please read the information within the fire safety in shared or rented accommodation guidance leaflet (Gov.uk).
Strobe lighting and vibrating pad alarms are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. It may be useful to consider if other types of alerters would also be helpful in daily living. Alerters can often be linked to one system rather than needing lots of different pieces of equipment.
Contact the ‘Action on Hearing Loss’ information line on 0808 808 0123 or textphone 0808 808 9000 or visit their website for further information.
You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly and with no warning. Unsafe gas appliances produce a highly poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO). It can cause death as well as serious long-term health problems such as brain damage.
Common symptoms include headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
Carbon monoxide symptoms are similar to flu, food poisoning, viral infections and simply tiredness. That’s why it’s quite common for people to mistake this very dangerous poisoning for something else.
If you have a faulty appliance in your home, it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Get it checked as soon as possible by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
For further information and to find a register of qualified gas engineers, please go to the Gas Safe website.
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