Loose clothing safety advice

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.

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