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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Ensuring your house is equipped to deal with fires

    Preventing fires is obviously of utmost importance. Ensuring your home is equipped to deal with fires in case something does go wrong is equally important. Here are a few tips on making sure you are equipped to deal with fires.

    Step one

    Make sure you have fully functioning smoke detectors. A minimum of one detector per floor. You will also need to have fresh batteries for them, readily available at all times.

    Step two

    Devise an escape plan, making sure to plan two escape routes from every room. If doors are blocked by fire, it may be necessary to leave through windows.

    Step three

    Make sure all doors and windows along your escape routes can be quickly and easily opened by all members of your family. Keep any necessary keys readily accessible at all times. If your windows have security bars, make sure they are fitted with quick release devices.

    Step four

    Regularly practise your escape plan. Practise with your eyes closed, crawling, and in the dark. The recommended minimum of practices is twice per year, to ensure your whole family is able to quickly carry out this plan.

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    Step five

    Invest in some collapsible ladders to allow safe exit through upstairs windows or from the roof.


    No matter how well your home and family are equipped to deal with fires, always remember that getting your family out safely is your first priority.

    Never delay your exit to try and tackle a fire or even to dial 999. Shout for help and get a neighbour to call for the fire brigade instead. Under no circumstances return into a burning building to rescue pets or belongings.

    Places of work should also be equipped to deal with fires

    Your employer has a legal obligation to prevent accidents at work, as well as ensuring employees are not at risk of being injured by fires at work. This includes having:

    • Fully functional smoke detectors and fire alarms.
    • Fully functional fire suppression systems and fire extinguishers suitable for all necessary types of fire.
    • Clearly marked fire escape routes and exits.
    • Clearly defined plan of evacuation.
    • Regular fire drills to make all employees aware of such plans, routes and exits.

    If you were injured at work because some or all of these steps were not taken by your employer, you may be eligible for work injury compensation.

    Call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, now to speak to an Accident Advice Helpline advisor about your work accident, and confirm your eligibility to make an industrial injury claim.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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