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, stay out and call us out.