Summer heatwave

UK heatwave: Seven simple steps to help prevent a house fire

From drawing your curtains to keeping glasses out of direct sunlight, here are some ways to reduce the risk of a fire in your home during a heatwave…

No doubt you know somebody who still talks about the summer of 1976…

For 15 straight days between June and July that year, the temperature topped 32C somewhere in the UK.

Now, with the hottest day of an already scorching summer recorded on 23 July, maybe 2018 will rival those roasting weeks more than 40 years ago.

The heat brings with it an increased risk of fire: firefighters have been called to a number of properties during the heatwave.

So we’ve put together a few pointers to help you reduce the risk in your home…

1 Beware glass objects

Avoid placing glass objects, especially glasses or ornaments, in direct sunlight as they can magnify the sun’s rays and burn soft furnishings.

2 Shut out the light!

It might be a pain, but if you’re out for the day, draw curtains or close blinds to limit sunlight beaming in.

3 Is it flammable?

Don’t leave flammable or combustible items, such as aerosol cans, in direct sunlight or they could explode.

4 Where's your freezer?

Avoid placing a fridge, freezer or air conditioning unit in direct sunlight, as they have to work harder to maintain their temperature.

5 Check the air con

Maintain air conditioning units and fans to prevent the build-up of dust on motors, which could cause a fire.

6 Where do you set up your BBQ?

Keep BBQs away from dry foliage, fence lines and buildings and ensure they are safely extinguished after use.

7 Fit an alarm

Fit a smoke alarm if you haven't already, and check it regularly.

This article was first published on 24 July 2018

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