Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are encouraging everyone to get in the habit of closing internal doors before going out and especially when going to bed at night. Devon and Somerset FRS told FIRE about their campaign:

'If a fire was to take hold within a room, with the door shut it will be contained and potentially stop the fire and smoke spreading for up to 20 minutes. This is enough time to save lives and your home. The doors don't have to be special fire doors, but a shut door simply prevents more oxygen entering the room - which the fire feeds on - as well as stopping toxic smoke leaving the room and blocking exit routes. This gives everyone more time to get out of the property safely and potentially reduces damage to other rooms and possessions in your home.'

'If you want to keep a child's bedroom door open, close the doors to the lounge and kitchen. This may well help save their life if there is a fire. Develop the habit of shutting doors, until it becomes second nature for all the family.'

Habits before bedtimeThe campaign highlights areas that need constant attention:

The campaign highlights areas that need constant attention:

• check the cooker is turned off
• turn off and unplug electrical appliances
• put candles and cigarettes out properly
• turn heaters off and put up fireguards
• make sure exits are kept clear
• have an escape plan.

Smoke alarms
Devon and Somerset told FIRE that the one way to ensure you get out in time from a fire is to install a smoke alarm. You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven't got a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you precious time to escape.


Check that a smoke alarm is fitted on each level of your property:
• once a year - change your battery or consider buying a ten-year alarm which will not require frequent battery changes
• once a week - check the alarm by pressing the button
• once a year -   vacuum and wipe the smoke alarm casing to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor chamber (for mains wired alarms, switch off first).


Posted: 12.15am, 24.03.11