IN ENGLAND last year, 246 people died in fires in the home and another 7,400 were injured.
Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke from a house fire can leave you unconscious and unable to escape.
DEVASTATING: Fire spreads quickly. You could have less than two minutes to escape.
safety first: In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999. Never attempt to tackle the fire yourself.
That's why you need to do everything possible to stack the odds in favour of you and your loved ones surviving a fire.
A working smoke alarm can buy you the valuable time you need to escape a house fire. In many cases, it can alert you before the fire catches hold.
While the majority of homes in England now have at least one smoke alarm installed, one in four of these is likely to fail in a house fire because it is clogged, broken, or most commonly because the battery is flat or has been removed.
Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it's not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still working. That's why it is vital you test it regularly.
A few simple steps can help keep your home and everyone in it safe from fire, from making sure cooking and candles are never left unattended, to putting cigarettes out properly and planning your escape route – it's common sense but life saving.
Fire spreads quickly. You could have less than two minutes to escape, so it is important that in the event of a fire, you know the best way out to safety.
So plan your escape route and make sure everybody in your home knows about it.
The most important thing to remember is that in the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999 – never attempt to tackle a fire yourself.
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