Most households will contain at least one first aid kit and have a vague idea of what they would do as a family in an emergency situation. Did you know though that 67% of UK adults do not have a fire extinguisher at home and more than a third (36%) do not know how to operate a fire extinguisher at all.
I have to be honest and say that out of the 5 houses we have lived in we have never had a fire extinguisher and I probably would be one of those 36% that wouldn’t have a clue how to use one safely in the event of a fire! It isn’t that this is something I haven’t thought about either. There have been times I have even had them in my basket on shopping sites etc but I think out of sight out of mind.
Dave Breith, CEO of Firexo, comments: “Brits need to sit up, get smart and take fire safety seriously. As a nation, we’re using the latest technology such as smart doorbells and connected cameras to keep our homes protected, but leaving ourselves at serious risk of personal injury, as well as losing our homes, heirlooms and sentimental items.
We do have smoke detectors both upstairs and downstairs which are regularly tested. I was shocked however to find that only 67% of UK adults have smoke detectors! I thought they were standard in every home now and something everyone had.
“Evacuation will always be the best policy for large fires in a dwelling. However, a simple and effective solution in the home could empower members of the public to feel safer and more confident in tackling a small and manageable blaze, before it has the chance to grow into a large fire that ends with the loss of possessions, property and even life.” Breith also added.
Would you know what to do in the event of a house fire? I’m not sure I would and I am in the majority it seems with over 4 in 10 (45%) admitting that they would choose to let someone else tackle a fire. This figure rises to 58% of UK adults aged 18-30 years old and 69% of students, I guess that’s what happens when we have always had parents etc who did things for us!
Its time to take responsibility and action as far as keeping our families safe.
Better safe than sorry!
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