Fire safety

Humberside Fire and Rescue will carry out a home safety check for you if you ask. Give them a call on 01724 295900.

Keep your home safe from fire by following this advice

  • Fit smoke alarms upstairs and downstairs and test them every week. Remember to change the batteries regularly
  • Make a fire action plan so everyone in your home knows how to get out in a fire. We can help advise on this or put you in touch with a friends in the fire service
  • Keep exits free from clutter and know where to put your hands on window and door keys quickly
  • Take extra care in the kitchen – accidents while cooking account for more than half of all home fires. Never leave young children on their own in your kitchen.
  • Be careful if you are cooking with hot oil. If you often deep fry food, please buy a deep-fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat.
  • Never leave lit candles in unoccupied rooms or where children are alone. Make sure candles are in secure holders, on a flat surface that doesn’t burn and away from things that could burn.
  • If you smoke cigarettes, always check you’ve stubbed them out properly and never ever smoke in bed.
  • Close doors at night. If the worse happens and there is a fire, it might be contained in one room long enough for you to get out.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets. One plug for one socket only please.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Take extra care in staying safe if you are really tired or you’ve been drinking alcohol.
  • Don’t leave your TV or other electrical items on standby – not only does this cost you, it could also result in a fire.
  • Unplug all electrical items if you go away for a few days.
  • Don’t block access for emergency vehicles with parked cars.

In case of a fire

  • Call 999 and ask for the Fire Service. Tell them if there are people in the building and if anyone has a disability.
  • Keep calm
  • Do not try and put out the fire yourself unless you know you can quickly and safely
  • Get everyone out of the house – and stay out
  • Don’t stop to collect anything or get dressed
  • Follow your planned escape route
  • Close all the doors behind you as you leave the house
  • In the awful event that you can’t get out of your home because of a fire, close all doors and seal the bottom of the door with a cloth to prevent smoke coming in. If smoke does come in, stay as close to the floor as possible and hold a cloth (its best damp) over your nose and mouth, take short shallow breaths and wait for the Fire Service.

If you live in a flat, you must read this

  • If there is a rubbish chute in your building make sure that discarded smoking materials are put out in water before you put them into the chute
  • Do not block fire escape routes
  • Do not place rubbish or other materials that could catch and spread fire in the communal areas
  • Make sure fire doors are always kept closed
  • Make sure you know where fire escape stairways and doors are
  • Don’t use the lifts if there is a fire
  • Don’t store furniture or other personal belongings in shared areas, especially stairwells or corridors. We might take these things away and charge you for removal

Page last updated: 23 December 2015

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