1 in 10 with Children Under 18 Don’t See the Need for Fire Safety Equipment in the Home

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    Fire safety equipment in the home is a top priority for keeping families, homes, and properties safe from the risk of fire. However, a study by Kidde and reported by Express has found that one in ten adults with children under 18 years of age, don’t understand the need for it.

    The survey, which had 1,517 participants, found that 50% of parents with children under the age of 18 don’t have a fire escape plan.

    And, shockingly, just half of parents with children aged 3 to 10 years old have fire alarms in their homes.

    Fire Safety in the Home

    There are a myriad of dangers in the home, many of which we are all well-versed in.

    However, it can be easy to become complacent and believe that disaster won’t strike in our property.

    Fatal incidents can occur through the slightest fault in cooking equipment, electrical devices, and human error, so it is important to remain alert to the dangers.

    To ensure that your family and home are protected from the risk of fire it is important to have a mix of preventative and reactive measures in place.

    Fire Safety Equipment in the Home

    It should be a priority for everyone to know the risks of fire and how to avoid dangerous situations, such as overloading power sockets, leaving cooking apparatus unattended, and lighting candles in unsuitable areas.

    Education is key.

    There should also be adequate provision for the detection of fire and other risks, including fire alarms, smoke alarms, and CO (carbon monoxide) alarms.

    They can raise the alarm and mean the difference between avoiding a disaster and succumbing to one.

    Once a threat has been identified, the ability to stop the fire early, if you are confident and able to do so, requires the ownership of fire extinguishers or fire blankets.

    They not only provide peace of mind but also provide a very real chance for avoiding disaster.

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    How to Keep Children Fire Safe at Home

    Education and practice are essential for keeping children safe from the risk of fire.

    They may not always understand the dangers and best course of action in case of fire.

    We would suggest:

    • Creating a fire escape plan for every room of the home
    • Communicating the escape plan to everyone
    • When discussing fire and processes, communicating in a clear and factual manner – you don’t want to scare them unnecessarily
    • Agreeing on a safe space to meet in case something was to go wrong – in the garden or at the end of a drive
    • Sharing the risks and best practices around cooking and heating equipment, and candles

    You can find out more about best practices and how to keep your family and home safe from fire on the new Firechief® website.

    Source: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/1847481/top-10-home-fire-safety-tips-parenting-children-families

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