Fire Kills campaign
A fire safety campaign is highlighting the everyday accidents that can cause a fire in the home.
The Home Office campaign shows potential hazards such as overloading electrical sockets, leaving a frying pan on the hob unattended and putting an electrical heater too close to laundry.
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, said: “This hard-hitting campaign shows us how it only takes one small accident to start a devastating fire in your own home.
“Knowing the safety risks, the little mistakes we can all make, is key to preventing fires. Fire Kills has a long history of helping protect people from fire and we are proud to re-launch it.”
The campaign, developed with the help of the National Fire Chiefs Council, also urges the public to have a fire alarm fitted on every level of their home and to test them monthly.
See more on the Fire Kills campaign, or visit The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.
Some other useful tips
It only takes a small mistake for a fire to start in your home.
- Offer to test the smoke alarms of older friends, neighbours and family members who may need help.
- Plan and practise how you’d escape in a fire. Have a plan B.
- There are alternative smoke alarms that can help people with mobility, sight or hearing issues.
- If you smoke, don’t let your cigarette start a fire in your home. Put it out – right out.
- Keep heaters clear of curtains and furniture. Don’t use them to dry clothes.