The speed and efficiency with which South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue responds to incidents remains vital, but the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries and other losses is to prevent incidents occurring in the first place.
That’s why we are committed to offering free Home Safety Checks and free smoke alarms to people throughout South Yorkshire.
During a visit firefighters will give advice on how to make the home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. They will also fit a smoke alarm free if your house is without one and explain how to maintain it correctly.
We have already reduced accidental fires by 33%. By following some basic fire safety tips, you can help us reduce this further.
Top 10 tips to make your home safe
• Fit a smoke alarm and check it regularly. We recommend checking it weekly.
• Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your house knows how to escape in the event of fire.
• Take care when cooking with hot oil and think about using thermostatically controlled deep fat fryers.
• Never leave lit candles unattended.
• Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully.
• Never smoke in bed.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• Keep clothing away from heating appliances.
• Take care in the kitchen! Accidents whilst cooking account for 59% of fires in the home.
• Take special care when you are tired or when you've been drinking. Half of all deaths in domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am.
Keeping your smoke alarms in good working order protects you and your family against fire. By pressing the test button on your alarm you can check if the battery in your smoke alarm is still charged and find out if your alarm is ready and working. However, it is just too easy to forget this crucial test. So register for a free service which reminds you, by email or text, when it’s time to test your smoke alarm, change the battery or renew the unit.
To receive a free home safety check call 0114 253 2314 or text the word FREE to 87023.