A dvice for parents of young children - measures to keep your children safe: • Don’t leave children on
their own in a room where there is a fire risk.
• Never let them play near the oven and hob. • Keep matches, lighters, candles and tea lights out of reach of children or in a locked cupboard.
• Don’t let children play with or near electrical wires.
• Don’t let children insert items in plug sockets.
• Keep your fire escape route clear of toys and other obstructions.
Teach your children what to do if there is a fire:
• If you see smoke or fire, raise the alarm and tell a grown up immediately.
• Get out of the building as soon as possible. Go to the house next door if you can and ask them to call 911.
• If there is smoke in the room, crawl low along the floor.
• Never hide in a cupboard or under the bed. Do all you can to raise the alarm and get out.
• If the way out is blocked, go into a room with a window and put blankets or towels at the bottom of the door to stop smoke getting in. If there is a phone in the room, dial 911, otherwise open the window and shout for help.
• Don’t go back into the building, not even for pets.
Many fire deaths happen at night when most people are sleeping. Working smoke alarms should wake you if a fire does break out but you can further reduce your risk by carrying out some simple checks before you go to bed:
• Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.
• Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on, such as fridges and freezers.
• Do not leave electrical appliances such as mobile phones and tablet computers charging overnight.
• Check your cooker is switched off.
• Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher on.
• Put candles, incense sticks and oil burners out and never leave them burning when you are asleep.
• Make sure cigarettes are completely out - it’s best to wet them to be sure.
• Never smoke in bed.
• Make sure escape routes are clear of anything that could slow you down in an emergency.
• Keep door and window keys where everyone you live with can find them.
• Ensure mobility aids are close to hand for those who require them.
Advice provided by the London Fire Brigade. For further advice on how to prevent fires and what to do if one starts, see page 16.