logo for UK Construction Blog

Blog Details

Fire Safety at Home

Do you want to ensure that your home is as safe as possible? If so then you have come to the right place. This guide will help you to ensure that your property is not putting your family at risk.

Fit a Smoke Alarm

Fitting a smoke alarm in your home is one of the best and simplest ways for you to prevent a tragedy. If you can, you need to make sure that your smoke alarm conforms to current British standards or BS 5446-1. If you notice that your current smoke alarm doesn’t meet this requirement, you need to buy a new one. Remember, having multiple smoke alarms throughout your home is never a bad thing, in fact, it could help you to keep your family much safer in the event of a fire.  You can take other precautions here if you want, such as by investing in Cease Fire Dry Risers.

Check your Appliances

You should also make sure that you check any socket limits and that you avoid overloading them if possible. If you do overload your sockets then this can lead to fire hazards, such as overheating. Inspect any plugs around the home to make sure that there is not any dislodged wiring. Faulty electricals cause around 7,000 house fires every single year. If you have a cooker or boiler installation booked then ensure that it is carried out by someone who is Gas Safe Registered.

Escape Routes

As a family, it is important that you have an escape route so everyone has a solid understanding of what to do in the event of a fire. Make sure that your chosen exit is clear at all times and if you have a door that is double-locked, making sure that everyone knows where the keys are kept will help you to keep your family safe.

Know the Procedure

If you happen to be moving into a block of flats then it is helpful to make sure that you are aware of any fire procedures, and that you also have any communal fire fighting equipment inspected. Investigate the escape routes and ensure that the fire alarm is working as it should be. Making sure that any evacuation procedures are sign-posted is also a good idea. If you can, it’s wise to check the lease, and chat with your solicitor to see if they can give you some clarification on the current fire regulations and if your building meets them.

Check your Chimney

There has been a steep rise in the popularity of open fires over the last few years. Having one is great, but remember, they can be dangerous. Before lighting your open fire, it is a good idea for you to make sure that the chimney has been swept recently. If you are in doubt, you should chat with a professional. Getting one done before the winter months is always a good idea, so be mindful of this if you can. It’ll make your home way safer and you won’t have to worry about a fire starting as much.