Home Safety Checks
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue offer a Home Safety Checks to people who are considered to be particularly at risk of fire. During a visit, firefighters or community safety staff will give advice on how to make the home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if trapped by a fire. They will also fit free smoke alarms if a home is without one and explain how to keep them working. To contact SYFR you can either complete a short on line assessment ( http://www.syfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/do-your-own-safety-check/) or contact the Hot Line on 0114 2532314. If you qualify for a visit, a member of our team will be in touch to arrange this. You will find some useful information on our website in the links below
For the public http://www.syfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/
For professionals – please sign up to the Safe & Well Scheme http://www.syfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/safe-well/.
Fire Safety Advice
Serious house fires are thankfully quite rare. But if a fire does start, it can quickly cause a lot of damage and put the lives of you and your loved ones in danger. By taking a few simple steps, you can massively reduce the likelihood of you suffering a fire.
Our top 10 tips for staying safe at home are:
- Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home
- Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. Please test smoke alarms regularly.
- Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
- Never, ever use a chip pan or any other pan filled with hot oil
- Don’t overload electric sockets– most can only take a maximum of 13 amps
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
- Keep clothes well away from heaters and open fires
- Put out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully
- Don’t charge things like mobile phones, tablets or e-cigs overnight, or longer than the recommended charging time
- Plan an escape route and make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out in the event of a fire