12 Ways to Protect Your Family From Fire
Here's some advice on how to make sure your family are safe from fire in the home
31 July 2013
If a fire starts while you’re asleep; and you don’t have a working smoke alarm; there’s a strong chance you’ll never get out. You will just drift deeper and deeper into a fume-filled sleep. Children are particularly vulnerable in a fire. If they are scared, they may hide rather than try to escape. Find out how to keep your family safe from fire.
It can take just a few minutes from a fire starting to your home being full of smoke. The smoke is thick and dark, so it can be hard to see where you’re going. The smoke released in a house fire contains poisonous gases; including carbon monoxide. Most people caught in a fire die from breathing in poisonous smoke.
6,000 fires a year are caused by children under the age of 10. Children can be fascinated by fire but don’t understand its dangers.
Causes of Fires in the Home
Families where someone smokes are at greatest risk. Cigarettes, matches and lighters are the biggest single cause of fatal house fires. Worryingly, smokers are less likely to own a smoke alarm than non-smokers.
Cooking starts almost half of all house fires, with chip pans and greasy grill pans common culprits.
Faulty electrics start up to one in six house fires. Causes include overloaded sockets, loose wiring, damaged cables and leads, and faulty or misused electrical appliances.
Tea lights get hot enough to melt plastic and should never be left unattended especially in the bathroom.