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Fire Safety Plan

The total number of fire fatalities in England from April 2009 to March 2010 was 328 - one and a half per cent more than the same period for 2008–09. Although the last year has seen a slight rise in fatalities, this figure is actually 32 per cent fewer than ten years previous (485 in 1999–2000) and 55 per cent fewer than twenty five years earlier (726 in 1984–85). Whilst fire fatalities are falling, fires are still at a fairly high volume. Between April 2009 and March 2010, Fire and Rescue Services attended a total of 242,000 fires in England, three per cent fewer than in 2008–09 and 32 per cent fewer than ten years previous (1999–2000).

As a nation we are becoming better at preventing fire, and there are a number of reasons for this. The increasing prevalence of smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, fire blankets, better electrical safety standards and better structural fire safety building standards are all contributing factors. Yet even though we are saving more lives the threat of fire is still very high, which makes the need for every home to have a fire safety plan just as great as it was ten years ago.

Making a Home Fire Plan

The following list comprises fire safety tips to be considered when devising your home fire safety plan.

  1. Draw a plan of your home showing all rooms and exits.
  2. Where possible identify 2 ways out of every room.
  3. Consider the people in your home who need help escaping and note down their needs.
  4. Choose a meeting place outside of your home for all evacuees to gather safely.
  5. Note down emergency numbers to be called from out side your home.
  6. Practise your escape by holding a fire drill three times per year.
  7. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area.

Minimising the Risk of Injury and Death

Once you have devised your home fire plan, choose a member of your family as a fire safety officer and ensure all smoke alarms are working properly. Stick a copy of the fire safety plan up on the wall of your home for all to see. Further to your plan, you may want to consider maximising your fire safety by installing fire sprinklers. Sprinklers are becoming a common feature of modern households due to their effectiveness in extinguishing fire and minimising damage and risk of injury. Fire sprinklers provide your home with a 24/7 fire warden, on guard to put out fire immediately. Fire sprinklers distribute far less water than the hoses of the fire service and will therefore limit damage to your property. Fire sprinklers will also earn you up to 15% discount on your home insurance policy.

A home fire plan is essential but not fire proof. To speak to someone about the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in your home, give us, FireFighter 24/7 a call or drop us an email today. There isn’t anything we don’t know about fire safety, so let our experts explain the best way to protect your loved ones from fire and offer you further fire safety tips.

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