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Summer Fire Safety Tips for Homeowners

Summer Fire Safety Tips for Homeowners

As providers of fire alarm products and services, Mayfair Fire & Security know a thing or two about fire safety. Fire risk is a constant, but summer can present more risks when it comes to keeping your home safe from fire, so we have listed our top fire safety tips below for you to consider this summer.

 

Fire Safety Tips for Summer

Cooling your home

We all know British summertime is unpredictable, but there are occasions where our homes are not equipped to deal with a sudden heat wave. In this instance, we bring out of storage portable desk fans and portable air conditioning units in a desperate attempt to keep us cool without in-built air conditioning systems. However, remember these important safety tips:

 

  • Never cover the air vents on portable units as this could cause overheating posing a huge fire risk.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets, extension leads or adapters. Always check the current rating of an electrical adapter or extension lead before you plug in. If you overload them, they carry higher risk of overheating and potential to burst into flames.
  • Check the condition of the wiring. Always look out for signs of fraying, general wear and tear or a loose plug.
  • Don’t run flexible cables under carpets or rugs. Damaged wiring could expose the wiring inside creating risks of electric shock and sparks that could cause a fire near flammable materials.

 

BBQs

What better way to enjoy the summer months (more likely to be days than months but you never know…) than with a BBQ and a few drinks? it is important to ensure you are all kept safe. Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.

 

Gas BBQs

 

  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
  • Change the gas cylinder in open air.
  • When you have finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before you turn off the BBQ to ensure any gas in the pipeline is used up.
  • Only use BBQs and open fires outdoors.
  • Store gas cylinders in good safe conditions.
  • Do not keep gas cylinders that you do not need.

 

Charcoal BBQs

 

  • Always keep a bucket of water or sand nearby in case of emergencies
  • Make sure your BBQ site is flat and well away from fences, trees and rubbish.
  • Don’t overfill your BBQ with too much charcoal.
  • When finished cooking make sure the BBQ is cold and fully extinguished before trying to move it.
  • Dispose of ashes safely e.g. never out them straight into a rubbish bin.

 

Going on holiday


If you’ve decided to take that well-earned break from work and go on holiday, then make sure you take these few simple steps to reduce the risk of fire

 

  • Switch off and unplug electrical equipment.
  • Turn off water at mains to prevent possible leaks coming into contact with electrical wiring causing a fire.
  • Let a trustworthy neighbour or friend know you are going away and give them a key for emergencies.
  • Close all doors and windows if possible.

 

Smoke detectors and fire alarms


Get in the habit of checking and changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.
Caravan and Mobile Home Safety

 

Many of the same rules about fire safety in the home also applies to caravans and mobile homes.

 

  • Park caravans and mobile homes at least 6 metres apart.
  • Make a fire escape plan.
  • If there-s a fire – get out, stay out and call the Fire & Rescue Service immediately.
  • Make sure you can get out of a window if needed.
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it once a week.
  • You should consider getting a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket and know how to use them properly.
  • Do not dry clothes on or right next to a heater.
  • Make sure heaters are working properly – use a Gas Safe engineer to fix gas heaters.
  • Turn gas off when not in use.
  • Fit a Carbon Monoxide detector and keep air vents clear.
  • Don-t overload sockets; an adapter with a lead is safer.
  • Smoking inside can be dangerous so smoke outside.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Take extra care when cooking with hot fats and oils.
  • Never put water on burning oil or fat.
  • When not in use, fuel should be stored ideally six metres away from your caravan or mobile home and away from heat.

 

 

Get in Touch 

If you’d like to find out more information, then please contact us at Mayfair Fire & Security today and we’ll be happy to talk you through all the options that are available to you. You can contact us via our contact page or phone us on 0808 178 0748.

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