Could a spring clean save your life?
It may be the last month of spring, but there's still time to squeeze in a final spring clean. Clear the clutter that may be blocking your escape routes and make sure your family, guests and loved ones know how to get out, stay out, and call 999 in the event of a fire.
Working smoke alarms are usually the heroes in a fire, giving people the warning they need to get out of their home in a fire. But blocked exits, locked doors or unfamiliar surroundings can shave vital seconds from your escape time.
Take some simple steps to help keep your loved ones safe:
- Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire. Making an escape plan and practising it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999.
- Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they work.
- Clear your escape routes. Make sure you’re able to escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit.
- Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place. Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire.