Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Fire Safety in the Home – Help NIFRS to help you during the severe weather

During this period of severe weather disruption Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) wish to remind everyone of simple measures which they should take to stay safe in their homes, particularly in regard to the use of candles and portable heaters.


â?¢         Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms alert you to earliest stage of a fire and give you vital extra time to escape.


         Ensure you have a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, in hallways or landings.

–         Test your smoke alarm to make sure it is working.



â?¢         Kitchen Safety

More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room in the house.


–         Never leave cooking unattended.

–         Keep electrical leads and items that can easily catch fire – tea towels, oven gloves etc – away from the cooker and toaster.

–         If you have a deep fat fryer and the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool.

–         Keep a fire blanket in the kitchen to smother a small fire or wrap it around someone whose clothes have caught fire.



â?¢         Electrics

–         Unplug electrical appliances if you are not using them

–         Don-t overload sockets and adapters.

–         Check for signs of loose wiring and faulty plugs or sockets, such as scorch marks or flickering lights.

–         Don-t put cables under carpets or mats – replace any worn or taped-up cables and leads.

–         Unplug electric blankets before going to bed; store them safely

–         Don-t place electric heaters near curtains or furnishings and never use them for drying clothes.



â?¢         Cigarettes/Smoking

           50% of accidental fire deaths in NI are caused by careless disposal of smoking materials.


–         Take extra care when smoking if you are drowsy, taking prescription drugs or if you have been drinking.  It-s too easy to fall asleep.

–         Never smoke in bed, it-s too easy to fall asleep and set bedding on fire

–         Always use proper ashtrays.

–         Make sure when you put a cigarette out, it really is out.

–         Take responsibility and keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.



â?¢         Candles

–         Don-t leave candles unattended.

–         Put candles out completely at night.

–         Keep candles away from anything that can catch fire, like furnishings, fabrics, curtains and so on.

–         Candles and tea lights can melt plastic surfaces like the tops of TV and bath tubs.  Make sure candles are placed on a heat resistant surface.

–         Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.



â?¢         Be Prepared – If a Fire Starts

–         Phone 999.

–         If there is smoke, keep low where the air is clear.

–         Try and keep calm -get everyone out as quickly as possible; don-t waste time             investigating or rescuing valuables.

–          If your clothes catch fire, lie down and roll around, smother flames with a heavy material.



â?¢         Be Prepared  – Escape Plans

–         Make sure all your family know what to do in a fire and how to escape safely.

–         Keep door and window keys handy.

–         Close all doors at night – by shutting doors you can keep your escape route free from fire.

–         If escape routes are blocked get everyone into one room, preferably with a window; put bedding round the door to block the smoke.

–         If you are on the ground or first floor go out of a window, use bedding to cushion your fall, don-t jump, lower yourself.






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