Thursday, 14 January 2010

Fire safety advice

The London Fire Brigade came to the latest Shoreditch Neighbourhood Committee tonight to advise local residents on the best way to stay safe from fire.

Free risk assessments & free smoke alarm

They made the offer that EVERY Hackney resident can have a free fire assessment for their home AND a free fire alarm fitted by the fire brigade.

Below is some of the advice given ..

Blocks of flats

If you live in a block of flats and you discover smoke or fire outside your flat, stay in your property and phone 999 immediately. You're safer in your home.

Security gates

They advised against locking any security gates you might have on front doors while you are in your home - it makes it very difficult to reach you or your loved ones in the event of a fire.

Fire extinguishers and blankets

Interestingly, fire brigade advice is no longer to try to put a fire out yourself, but to get out of the house and leave it to the professionals.

They advise that fire blankets and extinguishers should be used ONLY to aid your exit from your home.

More advice can be found at:

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