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Stay fire safe in the home

Published
19.02.2018

If there was a fire in your house tonight, would you know the best way to exit your property safely? Are your hallways and back doors clear?

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is encouraging families to make sure they know how to safely exit their home in the event of a fire.

Below are five top tips from GFRS about to help you make sure you and your families can be prepared:

  1. 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
  2. Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.
  3. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they are working.
  4. Clear your escape routes. Make sure you can escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit
  5. 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.

The fire service also offer safe and well visits, which are an easy and free way to get advice and equipment to make your home safe. Crews can give helpful tips about staying safe and discuss the best escape routes for households as well as fitting smoke alarms for free.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Our fire crews work hard to support people be safe, in and out of the home. By knowing how you would exit your home in the event of a fire, it could save your life in an emergency.”

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is really vital that residents have a plan in place to evacuate the premises if the worst happens.

“The five tips we’ve provided are a quick and easy way to remember how to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a fire.

“Our firefighters continue to keep our communities safe on a daily basis and I am grateful to them, our control staff and officers for all their work.”

To arrange a free safe and well visit, please visit: http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/your_safety.html or phone 0800 180 41 40.

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