Lets Talk ‘Fire Safety in the Home’

In 2022 something terrible happened to a friend and her family. Something you think would never happen to you or anyone you know. Their beautiful home caught fire.

Luckily (or unluckily, whichever way you view it) the fire started in the garage but because the garage door was open the neighbours spotted the flames and immediately alerted the neighbours who were inside having their evening meal.

What unfolded is the reason behind this blog and the hope that this may go on to help many of you prepare for the worse, because quite simply… what do you have to lose?

There are plenty of fire safety tips we come across regularly and are even seen as warnings on a variety of products such as;

  •  Put cigarettes out properly,
  • Keeping an eye on lit candles,
  • Make sure any naked flame is away from flammable products,
  • Take extra care when cooking, 
  • Check your smoke alarms in your home weekly 
  • Don’t overload sockets

But as a direct consequence of being involved in a fire, our friend has many additional thoughts on things we can implement immediately that we personally have found extremely helpful;

  1. Figure out exit plans and discuss them with everyone in the house. Where are your windows that open wide enough for everyone to safely climb out? Think about side doors, back doors, conservatory, and front doors. But what about upstairs – if the smoke is in your hallway how can you exit from upstairs? 
  1. Think about what you are storing and where? Do you have a large quantity of paint pots or aerosols in your garage? Can they be removed or disposed of? Where do you keep all your paperwork, firewood? Do you have a smoke alarm fitted in these rooms?
  1. Purchase some small fire extinguisher cans that can be place around your home, for example in the kitchen just in case a pan catches fire. These can cost as little at £14 on Amazon. 
  1. Where possible do not set your washing machine or dishwasher on route out of the house or before you go to bed. Statistically these are one of the most likely things to catch fire in a home so make sure you are present when they are running.
  1. Gather a list of telephone numbers in your phone or leave them with a neighbour or family member. Think about all your contact numbers for an emergency, in particular, insurance companies and corresponding policy numbers. 

In the case of our friend, she had all the hard copy documents of her policies in her loft but due to the firefighters being at the house and tackling the blaze she was not allowed to enter her house again for a long time.

  1. Finally check those insurance policies. Make yourself aware of what you are covered for. Do you have immediate accommodation included? Temporary accommodation? Long term accommodation? What is the value of contents (belongings) in your home? Is that cover enough? Use the guide below to try work this out?

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