If you are ever caught in a fire, it is important to be prepared. Public Loss Adjusters can help to restore your home afterwards but it is vital that you know what action you need to take if your home is ever on fire. This is why we have made a guide on how to stay safe if you are ever unfortunate enough to suffer a fire in your property.
When a fire breaks out, remember that safety and evacuation is your top priority:
- If a door has smoke coming out from behind it, do not enter. If there is no smoke, check the door itself for heat and then the door handle. If either are warm or hot, do not enter the room. If the door is not hot, enter the room carefully and if there is a sudden blast of heat, slam the door shut and do not enter the room again.
- Do not re-enter your home until the fire services have told you it is safe to do so.
- Evacuate as quickly as possible – draw up an escape plan for your home before a fire occurs.
- Close all doors behind you as you leave the property.
- Don’t open any doors unless you are letting someone else out of a room.
- Stay low to the ground when leaving the home – smoke is often more dangerous than the fire itself.
- Phone 999 as soon as possible.
If you have a smaller fire such as a chip pan fire, it is important to not attempt to put it out with water – this could cause a fireball and make the problem much worse. Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself unless you are confident that it is small enough to do so – use fire blankets and fire extinguishers only if your property has them. Otherwise, leave the fire alone and evacuate the property. The UK government website also has an easy reference guide on fire safety here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/top-tips-on-fire-safety-for-householders-and-businesses.
By taking these steps, you can ensure that you stay safe if a fire ever breaks out in your property. After the fire is extinguished, you can contact Public Loss Adjusters so we can restore your property to its former condition.