When did you last check your smoke alarm?
If you live in Wales, your local fire and rescue service is offering you a FREE smoke alarm and installation service. This home fire safety check will help to keep you safe from fire.
The FREE home safety check visit takes about 20 minutes and will be arranged at your convenience. Fully trained fire and rescue service staff, who always carry an identification card, will;
- Supply and install lifesaving, free home smoke detectors or ensure that your existing alarms are in working order
- Provide advice on how to make your home safe from fire
- Help you prepare an escape plan to assist you and your family in safely making your way out of the property in the event of fire
- Provide specialised equipment for deaf and hard of hearing people
- Assess whether you are at high risk and may benefit from specialist equipment to help keep you safe
All of the above are FREE of charge and you can simply:
- Fill in this online enquiry form
- Call us on 0800 169 1234 at any time of the day or night to register
- Email us using the contact from on the right
- Text 88365, prefixing the message with the word HFSC
Taking action today really could mean the difference between life and death.
Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We have seen the devastation that fires can cause first hand and know that a few simple precautions could have prevented countless tragedies. Don't let tragedy strike your family - stop the fire from starting in the first place.
Follow our twelve top tips for fire safety in the home;
- Fit smoke alarms on each level in your home. Keep them free from dust and test them once a week. Consider buying a 10-year alarm, otherwise change the batteries every year.
- Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape if there is a fire.
- Keep the exits from your home clear so that people can escape if there's a fire. Make sure that everyone in your home can easily find the keys for doors and windows.
- Take extra care in the kitchen - accidents while cooking account for over half of fires in homes. Never leave young children alone in the kitchen.
- Take extra care when cooking with hot oil. Consider buying a deep-fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat (if you do not already have one).
- Never leave lit candles in rooms that nobody is in or in rooms where children are on their own. Make sure candles are in secure holders on a surface that does not burn
7. Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are disposed of carefully, and never smoke in bed.
8. Get into the habit of closing doors at night. If you want to keep a child's bedroom door open, close the doors to the lounge and kitchen. This may well help save their life if there is a fire.
9. Don't overload electrical sockets. Remember one plug for one socket.
10. Keep matches and lighters where children can't see or reach them.
11. Take special care when you're tired or when you've been drinking.
12. Don't leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby as this could cause a fire. Always switch them off and unplug when not in use.