The Star (St. Lucia) - - HOME SAFETY -

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.

Bed­time rou­tine

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.

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