Fire - How to prepare for Fire
...part of the extended info series on How to prepare your Personal Emergency Plan
Scenario: Fires - How to prepare for Fire
Key elements for fire preparedness are:
Thousands of fire incidents happen every year. Many go unreported. Sadly some enter history for the worst of reasons: FIRE KILLS. The most common identified cause of death from fire is being overcome by gas or smoke or toxic fumes. In 2011-12, fire and rescue services reported 380 fire related fatalities of which 130 people died because of this cause, accounting for 34% of all fatalities. A further 74 (19%) fatalities were attributed jointly to both burns and being overcome by gas or smoke, whilst 94 (25%) were due to severe burns alone (UK Fire Statistics GOV.UK)
Fires can start in many different ways, each potentially devastating; i.e. 40% of London fire deaths are caused by discarded cigarettes, cigars or tobacco. Many local fire services offer free home fire safety visits to help you secure your home and avoid disaster.
1. ASSESS - know and recognize the hazards
2. PREPARE for a Fire Incident
3. STAY SAFE during a Fire Incident
The Red Cross and your local council can help with emergency accommodation and help you deal with insurers.
4. RECOVER after a Fire Incident
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Fire incidents in the United Kingdom in recent news
Chemical incidents in the United Kingdom in recent news
see BBC recent fire incidents;
Gas incidents in the United Kingdom in recent news
see BBC recent Gas incidents;