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Top 10 tips for home safety

Our top 10 tips for staying safe at home are:

  1. Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home
  2. Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. Please test smoke alarms regularly.
  3. Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
  4. Never, ever use a chip pan or any other pan filled with hot oil
  5. Don’t overload electric sockets– most can only take a maximum of 13 amps
  6. Keep matches and lighters away from children
  7. Keep clothes well away from heaters and open fires
  8. Put out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully
  9. Don’t charge things like mobile phones, tablets or e-cigs overnight, or longer than the recommended charging time
  10. Plan an escape route and make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out in the event of a fire
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