Essex Fire and Rescue Service says spring cleaning could actually save lives.
It’s urging people to clear away clutter from escape routes, check fire and smoke alarms and make sure door and window keys are always accessible.
Here are the services top tips to keep your loved ones safe in your home:
1. Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire, making an escape plan and practising it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999
2. Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.
3. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they work.
4. Clear your escape routes. Make sure you’re able to escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit
5. Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place. Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire.
Many of us care for others, children and loved ones. If this is you then consider the following:
1. How will they get out? Plan an escape route that works for them and think of any difficulties they may have or help they may need getting out. Would they benefit from a torch to light their way or a stair rail?
2. Where is the best place to go if the worst happens and they can’t escape? This is especially important if they have trouble moving around or can’t get downstairs on their own.
3. Who’s your ‘Escape champ’? Nominate someone in your home (perhaps a child) to be the ‘Escape champ’. Role-playing escape routes regularly and giving children the responsibility to keep escape routes clear makes fire safety more fun and engaging.