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What to do in an emergency, procedures to take when dealing with small household fires and safety tips.



EMERGENCIES
INVOLVING FIRE

Chip Pan  and
Electrical Fires


FIRE

The best thing to remember when there is a fire in the
house is –

GET OUT

CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE OUT

STAY OUT

Smoke, especially from plastic-foam
upholstery, can kill in less than two minutes.


 

It is a good idea, however, to know how
to deal with small household emergencies.

 

Chip or Frying pan fire

Step 1
           

Turn off the heat on the
cooker immediately.

Step 2
           

Carefully cover the
pan with a lid, plate, damp tea towel or fire blanket.

 

Tip

DO NOT throw water on it. 

DO NOT move the pan.

DO NOT uncover the pan for at least half an hour, even though the
flames seem to have died down.  The addition of any
oxygen reignites the flames.

 

Burning Electrical socket or
appliance

(EXCLUDING TV OR COMPUTER)

Step 1
           

Switch off the electricity at
the main fuse box.

Tip
             


Find out where the main fuse box is situated in readiness for any emergency.

Step 2
           

Extinguish the fire with
water or fire extinguisher (ensuring it is suitable for
                       
this purpose).

Tip

DO NOT throw water on an appliance or fitting when the electricity is still turned on.

DO NOT touch any switch on a burning appliance or fitting.

 

Burning TV or Computer

Step 1
           

Switch off at the main fuse
box or take out the plug .

Step 2
           

Smother the fire with a
blanket, rug or preferably a fire blanket if one is to
          hand.

Tip

DO NOT use water or fire extinguisher.  This is because residual
electricity main remain in the appliance.

 

Smell of burning, or sparks, from an
appliance

Step 1
           

If the item in question has a
plug, turn off the socket switch and pull out the plug.

If the item is a fixed appliance (no plug), turn off the main switch at the fuse
box BEFORE  turning off the switch on the appliance.

Step 2
           

Get the item checked by a
qualified electrician.

 

Smell of burning, or sparks, from a
socket or plug

Step 1
           

Turn off the main switch at
the fuse box.

Step 2         
   

If it is the plug which is hot, carefully remove it from the socket. 
The electricity can now be turned back on.

Step 3
           

Check the plug’s connections,
fuse contacts and flex for damage.  Renew or replace as necessary.

Step 4
           

If it is the socket which is
hot, remove the relevant circuit fuse from the main fuse box.  The power can now be turned back on.

Tip 


Familiarise yourself with the main fuse box in order to be prepared in an emergency.
 

Step 5
          Call a qualified electrician to
examine the socket.

 

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