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Top Five Tips for Staying Safe at Home

Top Five Tips for Staying Safe at Home

It’s no surprise that people are spending greater amounts of time at home than ever before. With ongoing lockdown restrictions and fewer opportunities to meet loved ones, people are staying safe in their houses. That’s why it’s so important to take extra precautions when it comes to home fire safety. 

In 2020, the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) released statistics showing that there had been a 49% increase in accidental fires at home. This was important in drawing people’s attention to the problem, however, it is important to remain vigilant about fire safety at home. 

At First Reaction, we are specialists in the fire protection industry. We know how easy it is to make simple mistakes that could be fatal. So, to make sure everyone can manage their home safety better, we’ve put a short list of our top tips for fire protection at home. 

1 – Check your fire alarm regularly 

This should go without saying but a regularly checked, properly installed fire alarm is one of the first steps to take to ensure fire safety at home. Ideally, fire alarms should be positioned as close to the middle of the ceiling as possible. Be sure to maintain a distance of roughly thirty cm from walls or lights. It’s also important to test your fire alarm at least once a week and replace the batteries at regular intervals. 

2 – Safety in the kitchen

Over half of all home fires start in the kitchen, so it makes sense to exercise caution when cooking. Using cooking oil is a major fire risk, however, to avoid danger make sure to pay attention while cooking. If you need to leave your kitchen while cooking, turn the heat down or off completely. Additionally, do not leave children unattended near hot surfaces like stoves or hot pans. 

3 – Have a bedtime safety routine

Before you turn in for the night, we recommend a full safety check. This might sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually quick and easy. Remember, when you’re asleep it will take much longer to become aware of a fire, so doing a quick check before bed will be beneficial for both you and your loved ones. 

What to do? Get into a habit of checking the following every night: 

  • Turn off all outlets. 
  • Unplug all appliances.
  • Turn off the stove and oven. 
  • Blow out any candles. 
  • Close any interior doors. 
  • If there are smokers in the house ensure all cigarettes are disposed of properly. 
  • Additionally, make sure you have a clear, unobstructed route to the exits. 

4 – Don’t plug in too many things

With everyone at home, it’s very easy to plug in anything and everything. However, it’s important to understand how dangerous that can be. We recommend that you stick to one plug per socket. Never use old plugs or poorly wired cables. It might sound simple in theory but it’s easy to fall into bad habits and this may cause electrical fires. 

5 – Install a fire extinguisher

A high-quality fire extinguisher is essential for home safety. In a serious emergency, a fire extinguisher may be the difference between life and death. Don’t take chances with an inferior or faulty product. At First Reaction we stock high-quality fire extinguishers that are suitable for Type A, B, C, and F fires and on live electrical equipment. 

First Reaction Products

First Reaction wants to help homeowners and communities protect against the risk of fire. That’s why we store a range of high-quality products and everything you need to protect your home against the risk of fire. In our store, you can find high-quality fire extinguishers, fire blankets, burn dressings, and much more. 

In addition to this, we have also created a range of Surface kits. These kits are our flagship products, containing everything needed for first-class fire protection in one convenient location. These kits can be easily fitted to a location of your choice including the kitchen, utility room, or garage. 


These are just a few tips to help you become more proficient in home fire safety. To further improve the safety of your home check out the First Reaction store for the best in fire safety technology. 

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