26 Mar 2015
Fire safety is a key priority for Anchor. A fire is a rare event but the effects can be devastating. Here are some simple fire safety tips you can take to reduce the risk of a fire, and to protect yourself should a fire start in your home.
Fire prevention tips
- Be careful with candles and keep them away from curtains, carpets, furniture, bedding and other flammable items.
- Don't leave cigarettes, pipes or candles unattended.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Make sure cigarettes are put out properly and don’t smoke in bed, do use deep metal ashtrays – and don't throw hot ash into waste bins.
- Make sure you switch off heaters and cookers when you're not using them.
- Where possible turn off electrical appliances properly when not in use - don’t just use standby mode. Turning appliances off at the plug ensures no energy is being used at all and reduces the risk of plugs heating up and causing fires.
- Take care when cooking with oil as it sets alight very easily. Never throw water on a chip pan fire. Top Tip: use a deep fat fryer it’s much safer.
- Don't use or store devices that run on a stored gas cylinder.
- Don’t charge e-cigarettes over night or leave unattended when on charge.
- Use only the manufacturer’s recommended charging device for e-cigarettes.
Fire safety tips
- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm. The easiest way to protect yourself from fire is with a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm can provide an early warning of a fire and allow you to make your escape – but only if it is working. You are almost twice as likely to die in a fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm so never take out or disconnect the batteries and never cover up your smoke alarm. Smoke alarms fitted with a test button should also be tested regularly to make sure they work. If you don't have a smoke alarm, you can get one free by contacting your local fire and rescue service. If you live with Anchor your location manager may be able to assist you with this.
- Keep escape routes clear of obstructions. It is important that communal areas like corridors, walkways and fire doors are kept clear of obstructions such as rubbish, bikes, and furniture that could make navigating them dangerous and difficult in the event of a fire. This also ensures that fire and rescue service can enter the building and reach you easily and quickly. If you find rubbish or anything blocking communal areas or fire escapes in an Anchor location, please contact the location manager.
Gary Seekins is Anchor's Fire Safety Advisor.