Home Renovation Month – Tidy up your home and fire safety


    The beginning of Spring means majority of households will be carrying out a big spring clean, tidying up their gardens or even getting some home renovation projects on the go. Whilst we are carrying out home renovations it is important to think about checking in on your fire safety as well.

    As the world has suddenly come to a standstill, even the best-laid plans are falling apart. This unforeseen pandemic has upended even the most organised renovation projects, forcing progress to abruptly pause.

    Majority of us are spending more time at home and we are using his time to complete small home renovation tasks, cleaning up our gardens ready for summer or sorting through our homes and spring cleaning.

    Whilst we have some time at home it is important to have a look at our fire safety, with the emergency services being stretched right now, making sure your smoke alarms are working and that you have the necessary fire extinguishing equipment in your home can help ensure that you are safe from fires.

    Smoke Alarm Maintenance

    Clean your smoke alarms at least once a month, using a soft dry cloth. Never use water, cleaners or solvents as they may damage the unit. Then test the smoke alarm. Gently vacuum the outside of the Smoke Alarm using your vacuum cleaner soft brush attachment.

    Regular alarm testing is a vital part of ensuring continued fire and carbon monoxide detection. Alarms should be tested monthly. If you require new alarms, visit our website here, for replacements.

    Practice Escape Plans

    Making sure you have an escape plan at home is an important step to ensuring that your family is safe.

    Simple steps can include:

    • Draw a plan for your home, make everyone aware of doors and fire windows.
    • Review your escape plan with everyone that stays in the house, including children.
    • Sound the smoke alarm.
    • Practice crawling low beneath the smoke.
    • Remember to check doors for heat with your hand; if a door is hot, do not open it.
    • Close the doors as you leave.
    • Practice with a collapsible ladder, if you have one for an escape window.
    • Go directly to your meeting place; do not stop.
    • Remember to GET OUT FIRST, then call 999 for help.

    Further Fire safety

    Make sure you have fire blankets for potential kitchen fires, double check your fire extinguishers and their use by dates. If you are not sure which fire extinguishers you need, visit www.firechiefglobal.com for more information.

    Always ensure you keep an eye on electrical appliances, make sure everything is safe to use. Whilst you are at home and everyone is using multiple electrical appliances, ensure that you are not overloading sockets.

    If you are unsure, you can always check in with us to ensure your families safety.

    Looking for fire safety products for your home? Call us on +44 (0)330 999 0019 or email sales@firechiefglobal.com.

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