Loose clothing safety advice

People have died and been seriously injured when loose clothing such as saris, scarves and nightgowns have caught fire.

Follow this advice and reduce the risk:

  • When in the kitchen or cooking, do not allow your clothing to come into contact with a naked flame, or heat source
  • Roll up and tie back any long sleeves or scarves
  • Avoid cooking if you are tired, unwell, affected by prescription drugs or have had a drink
  • Never lean across a candle - your hair or clothes could catch fire
  • Always put candles out before you move them - using a 'snuffer' of spoon is safer than blowing them out, which can send sparks and hot wax flying
  • Always remember to extinguish candles before leaving the room or before you go to bed
  • Use a fixed fire guard when using heaters or fires, especially if you have young children in the property
  • Do not stand or sit too close to fires or heaters, your clothing or hair could catch fire.
  • Do not dry clothing on, or too close to heaters or fires
  • Avoid hanging mirrors over fireplaces - your clothing can catch fire if you get too close to the fire

If your clothes do catch fire:

  • STOP moving
  • DROP to the floor
  • ROLL on the ground


Smoke alarms are vital protection from the danger of fire in your home:

  • They provide an early warning of danger, giving you and your family precious time to get out of your home quickly
  • Always make sure you have a working smoke alarm fitted on each floor of your home and test these each week

Remember if there is a fire in your home, get out, call the fire service out and stay out

For a free Safe and Well visit and advice call us now on freephone 0800 555 815

Last update: 03/04/2017 09:47:27
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