Sunday 22 March 2015

Fire Safety

Our fireman gave us some really useful tips on fire safety and showed us a video which showed just how alarmingly rapidly a fire can spread.

He had an easily remembered message if confronted by a fire - The Three Outs
  1. Never try to put it OUT.
  2. Get OUT.
  3. Call the fire service OUT.
Then we talked about the many things we can do to help prevent fires in our own homes. These are all quite simple things we can all do
  • Don't leave appliances on, just running, when you don't need to. Switch off when not in use, to prevent overheating.
  • Test fire alarms regularly, at least once a week.
  • If you don't have fire alarms, call the fire service near you and they will come and fit them free of charge.
  • When you go to bed at night close all internal doors. This slows down the speed the fire will spread should one happen during the night.
  • Always have a planned escape route.
  • Keep the keys in, or very close to the external door. A key could be very difficult to locate, or easily dropped and lost in a smoke filled room.
  • If you have an electric blanket, take it along to a local health and wellbeing roadshow, and the fire service will check it and replace it free of charge, if it is faulty. If you don't know of one happening near you, call your local fire service and they will advise you where to go, or maybe arrange a home safety check for you.
And remember, these are simple things to do, just common sense really, and house fires are pretty rare - MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO YOU !!!

Then we touched on safety of fire near oxygen - the message is it's not safe.
  • Dever use oxygen while smoking
  • Don't let others smoke near you when using oxygen
  • Don't use oxygen near an open flame such as a gas cooker, gas fire or open fire.

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