East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging everyone to take extra care following a series of serious house fires in Eastbourne, Rye and Brighton.
David Kemp, head of Community Safety said:
“While these incidents were all caused by different things, they highlight the importance of taking simple steps to keep your home safe from fire.
Candles are a particular concern at this time of year. They look great but can easily be forgotten or people can knock into them. Battery operated fake candles are a much safer option.”
“We also have lots of fires in kitchens. If you’re cooking, use timers or stay in the room. If you put a washer or dryer on, please stay in your home until it’s finished its cycle.
And finally we’d ask that you make sure you have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home.”
1) Smoke Alarms - Protect your home with working smoke alarms. Install them on every level and test them every week
2) Take Extra Care in the Kitchen - 50% of accidental house fires started in the kitchen
3) Check and maintain your electrical appliances. Consider registering your appliance.
4) Smoke Safely - Smoking is the biggest house fire killer. Make sure you put it out – right out.
5) Plan a Safe Escape - Make sure you know how to get out in an emergency and don't forget everyone needs to know the plan.
Find out more at www.esfrs.org