It is the duty of the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that all residents and visitors to Herefordshire are safe from fire. We are happy to visit the place you are staying and give your home a fire safety check and fit smoke alarms where required, free of charge! Just call us free of charge on 0800 032 1155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year in the UK thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in fires in the home. If you are asleep the only thing that will wake you up in the event of fire is a properly installed smoke alarm. Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted in your accommodation, and that you have a plan of escape for all the people you are living with.
It is much better to prevent a fire from happening in the first place:
- Cooking - never leave pans of oil or grills unattended when the heat is switched on.
- Smoking Materials - use proper ash trays and make sure the contents are cold before emptying them in an outside bin. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Open Fires - always have a fireguard round them and never leave clothes or papers too close.
- Portable Heaters - don't sit closer than one metre to a heater and keep well away from furnishings, clothes and other flammable items.
- Candles - place on a secure non-flammable base and away from curtains and furnishings. Extinguish them when you leave a room.
Living in a Caravan or Trailer
The chances of death if a fire occurs in a caravan are ten times higher than in traditional housing. Fire develops much more quickly in a caravan than any other type of living space. People who are asleep when a fire occurs will very quickly be made unconscious by smoke. A smoke alarm placed on the ceiling of the sleeping area will wake you at the earliest stage of a fire when you may still have a little time to escape. Never remove the battery!
Follow a safety routine every night before you go to bed:
- Electrical Appliances - switch off and unplug if they are not designed to stay on.
- Smoking - cigarettes or pipes should not be left burning. Dispose of them safely. Do not smoke in bed.
- Cooking - check any cookers to ensure they are not left on.
- Heating - portable heaters should always be turned off before you sleep.
You can contact the Fire & Rescue Service free of charge by calling 01432 274561 or e-mailing FireSafetyWest@hwfire.org.uk.