It's important to think about how you and your family or housemates would escape in the event of a fire in your home.
In the event you do have a fire in your home, smoke can spread rapidly and obscure your vision making it difficult for you to escape safely.
- Keep all your doorways clear of items that might block your exit or cause you to trip.
- Avoid storing items on staircases or any part of the route you might use to escape.
- Part of your bed-time routine is to close your internal doors as this will give you valuable time in the event of a fire during the night.
- Ensure that all your doors close easily and form an effective seal in the door frame. Where doors are warped, damaged or poorly fitting, you should replace them.
- Remove any storage hangers from your doors which prevent them from closing correctly.
- Ensure that the rails and posts of your staircase bannister are secure and in good condition.
- If your entrance door is protected by a security gate, ensure you regularly maintain the locks and hinges.
- Make sure the keys are easily accessible to all members in your household.