Tips to minimise the risk of fire in your home.
Fire safety tips for your home
- Use only approved and high-quality electrical devices.
- Windows should not have bars, so they can be used as exits in case of an emergency.
- Homes should have more than one emergency exit and an accessible external escape ladder.
- Keep gas cylinders in well-ventilated closed cabinets, away from direct sun rays or flammable materials
- Kitchens, children's rooms, bathrooms, hallways and storerooms should be equipped with smoke and heat detectors.
- The kitchen should be fitted with a gas leakage detector.
- Each kitchen should have a fire blanket.
- All internal and external electrical wires must be insulated.
- Fire extinguishers should be available in the kitchen and corridors.
- Civil Defence estimates that 25 per cent of fire accidents are caused by smoking, so do not smoke in bedrooms.
- Do not use barbecue grills or coal heaters in confined places.
- Make a fire action plan to teach family members and house staff what to do during a fire, and ensure that family members are familiar with an evacuation plan.
- See that stairways are fitted with safety rails and are kept clear.
Source: Civil Defence