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Talk to More Th>n about fire safety in your home - £240 voucher to be won NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Dec-13 11:18:07

More Th>n would like to find out what tips Mumsnetters have to improve fire safety in their homes.

Here’s what More Th>n have to say, "Our Helping Hands series is about providing little hints and tips that can make everyday life a little bit easier. But we also want to share advice that can help with more important matters, like Fire Safety. It's a situation we all hope never to find ourselves in, but it's important to have a plan in place should a fire break out in your home to keep you and your loved ones safe. If you have any other safety advice and ideas, we'd love to hear them."

To get some inspiration, watch the video below and share your own tips on this thread.

What do you think of the tips given in the video? Do you use any of these in your home already? Have you spoken to your DCs about fire safety in your home? What do you do in the way of fire safety? Do you have a fire blanket in your kitchen in case of emergencies? Or maybe you just make sure that you keep any candles out of reach of small children? Whatever it is to improve fire safety in your home we’d love to hear about it.

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TinselandGretel Thu 12-Dec-13 22:15:22

Plus, both front and back door have a dedicated key on a hook just above the door (out of sight from outside house) so that there is always a key on hand to be able to get out if necessary.

AndHarry Thu 12-Dec-13 22:24:11

We don't do any of those blush but we do have smoke alarms and keep our keys nearby overnight. I've discussed with my 3yo what to do in a fire: shout and get out or if he can't get out, go into a room without a fire and stay where you are. The thing that worries me the most is him thinking he's done something naughty and not saying anything or trying to hide from the fire so I hope that by teaching him the above points over and over, he will know what to do should he ever discover a fire. My other top tip is to keep exits clear; our hall gets really cluttered with bags and shoes but I make sure to tidy it every night before going to bed so we have a clear route to the front door.

Jinty64 Fri 13-Dec-13 10:09:23

We arranged for a fire officer to visit the house. He fitted a third smoke alarm which we check regularly. I switch everything off at night. I used to put the washing machine on before I went to bed but don't do that anymore. I shut all the internal doors at night or if I am out.

We leave a key in the doors all the time and the children all know what to do.

lorka Fri 13-Dec-13 12:02:57

We recently had a bit of a scare with a light nearly going on fire so we have replaced all our fire alarms in the house as they were quite old and made sure every one has a back up battery that works.
We have talked to our children re fire safety and they have also had talks and visits to the fire station at school/cubs etc.

daisyjoy Fri 13-Dec-13 14:11:18

When we redid our kitchen we got the electricians to put in a heat detector rather than a smoke detector. It's wired into the mains so can't run out of batteries and won't go off if DH burns the toast, but will if there's a fire creating heat. I love it as it doesn't go off unnecessarily but gives me peace of mind smile

lionheart Fri 13-Dec-13 22:25:42

Smoke alarms (which are tested every Sunday when I set them off while cooking a roast). We close all of the doors at night, take keys plus mobile to bed. Fire safety officer suggested these things. A closed door can keep the fire at bay for 15-20 minutes. Landlines do not always work in a fire.

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 13-Dec-13 23:07:48

Reading through this I realise that apart from smoke alarms and turning stuff off, I am not very up on fire safety. Thanks for the heads up, I will be addressing this tomorrow and not putting the washing machine on when I go to bed like I usually do!

Letitsnow9 Fri 13-Dec-13 23:14:19

We have alarms, 2 different escape routes (one upstairs, one down), fire extinguisher and alarms. We are also careful not to leave things on and unattended ie Christmas tree lights. You can never be too careful or too safe.
Important not to forget carbon monoxide alarms too (saved my life but few people seem to have them compared to fire alarms)

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Fri 13-Dec-13 23:33:42

This is quite relevant for me at the moment as we are moving into a house with an open fire and a multi fuel burner. We have a newborn and I am worried already about the safety aspect.

I am too relaxed about things like charging tablets overnight and candles, some of these posts are making me think again.

ataraxia Sun 15-Dec-13 11:13:19

Don't do much in the home to be honest - this reminds me to check the smoke alarm.
Video - good idea about the key for doors that are keylocked on the inside.

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Dec-13 11:46:47

Thank you everyone for your comments. Congratulations to BobaFetaCheese who won the prize draw! We'll be in touch shortly.

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