Get on top of your fire safety and make 2014 the safest year yet

Kirsty Boden By Kirsty Boden, 17th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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To many, the arrival of 2014 signals a fresh beginning and a clean slate. Perhaps you aim to start a rigorous exercise regime and lose that ten extra pounds you’ve piled on over Christmas, or maybe you’re shunting alcohol to give your liver a break after the indulgent holiday season?

New Year, New Start

To many, the arrival of 2014 signals a fresh beginning and a clean slate. Perhaps you aim to start a rigorous exercise regime and lose that ten extra pounds you've piled on over Christmas, or maybe you’re shunting alcohol to give your liver a break after the indulgent holiday season?

According to past research, 71% of us have already determined our new year's resolutions by the first week of November yet only 11% believed that they would actually stick to these resolutions. A whopping 68% of people interviewed have admitted to abandoning these plans before January is even through.

Where are we going wrong?

The way I see it, people are far too optimistic when making these outlandish resolutions mid-November, so that when the dreary month of January arrives it becomes apparent that these new goals are not only unrealistic, but downright madness! How likely is it, really, to aim to put in more hours at work in order to bag that promotion at the same time as kicking a caffeine habit?

So this year, if you haven’t already, try being a bit more realistic with yourself when setting yourself New Year goals – perhaps you could focus on making some positive changes around the house in order to secure the safety of you and your family?

Make a change

Statistics show that the number of injuries and deaths from accidental fires are at their peak in December and January. According to the figures, more than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries during the festive period. Whilst the figures have gently declined over the past few years, it is paramount that we are doing all we can to reduce these stats even further.

Read on to find out how a few simple changes to your home can make the world of difference where fire safety is concerned. What better Christmas present for December 2014 than to guarantee the safety of the whole family?!

1) Smoke alarms

Get your home kitted out with the correct fire safety equipment, especially smoke alarms which should be present on each floor of your home. Test alarms each week to check that they still work, and change the batteries if necessary. It is advised that you replace the whole unit once a year.

2) In the kitchen

Kitchens can be dangerous places. Never leave food unattended if you are cooking with fat, as it is incredibly easy to set on fire. When cooking on a hob or stove is best practice to keep pots and pans with their handles facing inwards so as to reduce the chance of them being knocked off and burning you and/or creating a slip hazard. This is especially important if you have children or pets around the house.

3) Use plugs safely

Ensure you do not overload plug sockets, as this can result in a fire. One plug per socket is best, and is especially paramount for appliances that use a lot of electricity such as washers and electric fires.

4) Check for broken wires and plug sockets

Always keep a lookout for loose or broken wires, and check that plugs are not creating heat or appear tainted with dark marks. If you notice any of these symptoms, do not continue to use the appliance, take the plug out of the socket and wait until an electrician or someone qualified has checked them over and/or replaced them.

5) Cigarettes

Cigarettes are one of the biggest causes of house fires. Use proper ashtrays that won’t burn or tip over easily, and try to have designated smoking areas. Ensure that when you finish a cigarette it is stubbed right out, and try not to smoke in bed or when you are tired in case you fall asleep with it still alight. Be especially careful when alcohol is involved.

6) Have a 'get out safe' plan and emergency exit route

Devise a plan of escape and ensure that you have designated emergency exits for each floor. Ensure that all residents, plus visitors to your house are aware of these plans. Keep emergency phone numbers next to the phone, and keys in easily accessible places. Ensure your emergency escape routes are kept unblocked at all times.

7) Make a bedtime checklist

Many fires start at night time, so for ultimate peace of mind create a bed time check-list of things to help fire-proof your house. This will ensure you do not forget to carry out basic tasks such as closing inside doors (to prevent a fire from spreading), testing smoke alarms and switching off lights and electrical sockets. If you do this for a few weeks you will quickly slip in to the habit of doing it.


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Kirsty Boden is a keen blogger and social media enthusiast. She has a diverse span of interests and enjoys creating quality pieces of engaging content for her followers.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for the practical and useful tips, Kristy - siva

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author avatar Rose*
18th Apr 2014 (#)

I tend to forget to test my smoke alarms. A good article!

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