When it comes to fire safety, acting today could be the difference between life and death. Preventative measures, that are easily actioned, could help massively reduce you.
Older people may require more assistance to make their home safe from a potential fire.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer a free smoke alarm and installations service, as well as a free safe and well check which takes about 20 minutes. These can be arranged at your convenience. To register, call 0800 169 1234.
During the check, full trained team members will;
- Check your existing alarms are in working order
- Supply and install free home smoke detectors or ensure that your existing alarms are in working order
- Help to prepare an escape plan for you and your family to safely get out in the event of fire
- Provide specialised equipment for those who are deaf or hard of hearing people
- Assess whether you may benefit from specialist equipment if you are at high risk
It’s important to make sure your home is safe as the most devastating consequences come from fires that start during the night.
To limit chances of this affecting you, be sure to;
- Switch off and unplug all unnecessary appliances
- Check that the oven, grill and hob are completely off
- Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher running (due to the high wattage, friction and motors)
- Turn off electric heaters and put a guard in front of an open fire
- Never smoke in bed and ensure all cigarettes, cigars and candles are put out properly
Planning an escape route will help save you time in the unlikely events of a fire.
Close all doors to help keep your escape route free from fire. This is particularly important when escaping through a window is not possible, for example if you live in a high-rise flat. It’s also important to have keys for doors and windows in their right place so that they can be easily found.
Caution should be taken with the use of electric blankets. These should be tested every 2 years and completely replaced every 10 years. To protect the wiring inside, store them flat or rolled up and do not fold them.
Keep checking your blanket for scorch marks, mould, water damage or exposed wires. If you find any of these warning signs, you should not use your blanket as it needs replacing.
It’s also important to make sure you have a back-up should you experience a power cut. Some smoke alarms are mains powered and you should therefore check their battery back-up is in working order.
We want to ensure that older people can remaining living independently for as long as possible, which sometimes means things need updating or replacing. To maintain the safety of those in their own homes, we teamed up with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service during our ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ campaign. Whilst delivering the donated gifts, those from NWFRS also carried out safety checks to those who consented.
Our CAREGivers can also assist with arranging fire checks for our clients and are aware of the signs to look out for.
Home should be your safe place, so be sure the measures are in place should the worst happen.
From our office in Abergele, Home Instead are really proud to be able to provide personal care and home help for seniors, as well as rewarding careers for their CAREGivers all across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llanrwst and everywhere in between!
To find out more about our services or the vacancies we have, please contact the office on 01745 772150.
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