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Fire prevention advice

Fire prevention advice To minimise the chance of a fire breaking out in your home and maximise the chances of surviving there are three main elements to consider:

Prevention
Detection
Escape

A telecare smoke alarm is ideal for the detection of fires. However, you should also consider fire prevention. The following steps can help prevent a fire starting:

1) Turn all electrical items off at the mains if they are not designed to be left on.
2) Check the cooker is turned off after use.
3) Do not leave the washing machine on.
4) Turn portable heaters off when unattended and put up fire guards.
5) If you have an open grate fire make sure it is fully extinguished at night.
6) Put out candles and cigarettes properly.
7) Keep all inside doors closed.
8) Replace your smoke alarm battery regularly according to the manufacturers recommendations. The battery life of telecare smoke alarms varies, some last up to 5 years. As with all smoke alarms, they should be tested regularly and the battery promptly replaced at intervals recommended by the manufacturer. About 1 in 4 smoke alarms fails to operate because it they do not have a battery, or the battery is flat.

Escape route Consider the route you will take to escape if you do have a fire. The best escape route is your normal, familiar way out, keep it clear at all times. If doors and windows are kept locked at night, make sure you know where the keys are kept. Have a second route in mind, in case the first is blocked. Before you open a door on your escape route check it with the back of your hand. If it is warm do not open it as a fire may be on the other side. Shut all doors behind you and crawl if there are smoke-filled passage ways.

For more information visit the government's Fire Kills website

All advice is either supported by references (cited in the text) or is based upon peer reviewed professional opinion. Our advice is impartial and not influenced by sponsors or product suppliers listed on the site.
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