Fire Safety at Home During Covid-19
With more people staying at home, we are asking everyone to be extra careful, to avoid fires happening in the first place.
If you’re at home because you’re ill or self-isolating, please take extra care if you’re cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Always ‘Watch what you heat’.
As people who don’t usually work from home set up temporary offices, there is also a risk of an increase in electrical fires.
Hazards include overloading plug sockets, using counterfeit or incorrect chargers for tablets, laptops and mobile phones and “daisy-chaining” – plugging multiple extension leads together or plugging many multi-socket adaptors into a single socket.
Switch off any electrical items you’re not using. If you use a charger, for a phone or laptop for example, don’t leave it plugged in and switched on when you’re asleep or not using it.
Also take the opportunity every Tuesday to test your smoke alarm, its there to save your life #TestitTuesday
If a fire does happen, don’t be tempted to tackle it yourself. Get out (closing doors as you go), stay out and call 999.