Stay safe from fire at home

A fire in the home is an unfortunate and serious event and it is important that you and your loved ones know what to do if a fire were to break out and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service are reminding residents of top tips to stay safe at home. 

Every household should have some sort of escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. When developing an escape plan, every member of the household should be involved so everyone knows what to do should the worst happen. The escape plan should be practical and should lead outside, you should also consider what to do if you are unable to get out of the property. If you cannot escape the property, your plan should involve: ensuring everyone is together, closing the door to to the room that you are in, use blankets, sheets or towels to block the door, open windows wide, raise the alarm and call 999 as soon as possible. Only as a last resort should you consider exiting by a window.

As you are more at risk from fire when you are asleep, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service also recommend you set up a bedtime routine throughout your house. The routine should include ensuring all heaters, devices and appliances are turned off while unattended overnight along with making sure all candles and cigarettes are fully extinguished and your escape route is kept clear of obstacles should you need to use it.  

Chief Fire Office for Northumberland Fire and Rescue, Paul Hedley said: “Both a bedtime routine and an escape plan are imperative for every household and can be life saving tools in the event of an emergency. 

“Your bedtime routine should ensure that there are no potential fire risks within your property, for example, ensure cookers are turned off, appliances are unplugged and any flames, such as, candles and cigarettes are extinguished. 

“Planning and repeatedly practising your escape route is very important, everyone in your household should know exactly what to do in the event of a fire. I’d also like to remind residents to keep torches in each room of the house as visibility can be low in the event of a fire and a torch can help you to find your way out, also ensure all members of the household know the address should they need to alert emergency services of your location.

“Remember, if you do discover a fire, Get out, Stay out and dial 999.”

Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member with responsibility for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “To help ensure the safety of our residents across Northumberland we are raising the awareness of the life saving benefits of a bedtime routine and escape plan at home. Taking the time to set up a bedtime routine and escape plan can give you valuable time and knowledge if you were to find yourself in the unfortunate event of a fire in your home.”

For further information or advice about setting an escape route, please contact us. Telephone 0800 731 1351 or Email: SWV.nfrs@northumberland.gov.uk
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