Be fire safe! Watch out for the ‘little things’ around the home

We see headlines like, Supermarket burns down following gas explosion, and worry that gas can indeed be dangerous and perhaps we should get the 12 year old central heating boiler checked. And, you should!

However, it is the small faults, the kind of thing we take for granted, that are far more likely to be the cause of fires in the home. The overloaded power adapter, the cheap power charger made in China, the new hot tub in the garden.

OpenshawOkay, perhaps you don’t have a hot tub. The Davis family, of Openshaw near Manchester did, and a fault in the luxury item is thought to be responsible for nearly destroying their family home, as reported in the Mirror newspaper.

Mum and dad, Sharon and Gary, were at work but their daughter Danielle and her three brothers had to make a run for it.

eCigA far simpler and cheaper item and an increasingly popular one, an e-cigarette is thought to be responsible for a fire at a home in Ringwood, Hampshire. A woman narrowly escaped after her son plugged the e-cigarette into a faulty charger and the device exploded, starting a fire.

Fortunately the woman was alerted by her smoke alarms, which had the battery replaced that week.

The point here is not exactly how the fire started in either of these recent incidents, it is the fact that we all tend to take modern electrical devices for granted and yet, as in these examples, a fire can start at any time.

So what can you do?

It is easy to get paranoid about these things, but a few simple precautions as above, are generally all you need to sleep peacefully at night.

If you have questions about fire risk assessment, or for help on any aspect of fire safety, call us on 01524 784356 today.

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.


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