Make your home Fire-Safe
Keep yourself and your property safe from fire
No-one wants to find out that their property has been damaged by fire or smoke, however the States of Jersey Fire and Rescue service are called to hundreds of fires every year.
Taking simple precautions such as fitting smoke alarms, taking care whilst cooking and creating a fire escape plan can help to limit the risk to your property. To make sure you’re prepared, follow our Fire-Safe checklist and read our fire prevention tips!
Completing these simple checks around your home will give you some peace of mind…
- Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home
- Test the batteries in your alarm once a month. Never remove them
- Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to escape
- Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob – keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach
- Take care when cooking with hot oil
- Don’t overload sockets – try to keep one plug per socket
- Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
- Ensure that candles are secured in a proper holder and kept away from curtains or fabrics
- Check your home before you go to bed – you are more at risk from a fire when asleep
- Close inside doors at night to prevent a fire from spreading
- Don’t tackle fires yourself – get out, stay out and call 999
Plan a safe escape
If the worst should happen and a fire started in your home, do you have an escape plan? It’s important to make sure that you have a plan and everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire.
If you are unable to get to safety:
Know your smoke alarms
There are three kinds of smoke alarm, Optical, Ionisation and Combined. Here are the key differences
- Optical Fire Alarms
- Ionisation Alarms
- Combined Alarms
- Sometimes known as photo-electric alarms
- Highly effective in detecting slow-burning fires
- Optical alarms work using light sensors to detect smoke rather than heat
- Very effective at detecting smouldering fire such as overheated wiring
- Tend to be more expensive than other types of alarm
- Amongst the cheapest fire alarms, usually just £3 or £4 (and so are the easiest way to start keeping your property safe).
- Very effective at detecting hot, flaming fires such as chip pan or oil fires that don’t produce much smoke
- React faster to domestic blazes than Optical alarms
- Use features from both Optical and Ionisation Alarms
- Are typically slightly more expensive than Optical Alarms, however provide a faster response in all situations
- Are less commonly available than Optical and Ionisation Alarms
How effective are your fire alarms?
To make sure that your alarms are working at peak efficiency, make sure that you:
- Test your fire alarms on a weekly basis. Don’t rely on the “chirping” to remind you to replace the batteries
- Fit fire alarms on the ceiling of each floor of your house. Try to place the alarm as centrally as possible, but avoid placing them in locations such as kitchens and bathrooms, as cooking fumes and steam may cause false alarms.
- Check that your fire alarm meets the British Standards by checking the alarm for a kite mark.