Fire extinguishers and safety blankets, see below for our easy to ready guide to all you need to know.
If a fire starts in your home you must get everyone out as quickly as possible and dial 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service. Even in its early stages a fire can develop and spread very quickly.
You may feel you are able to deal with it yourself, but if you are in any doubt - DO NOT TACKLE THE FIRE YOURSELF - no matter how small or manageable it looks.
If you choose to install and use fire extinguishers follow these guidelines:
make sure that British Standards are conformed to and that it carries a Kitemark or British Approvals for Fire Equipment mark
do not place them over cookers, heaters or other extreme heat sources
after one use it must be recharged
ensure you have your extinguishers regularly serviced by a qualified person
Never use a fire extinguisher on a chip pan fire. The jet from the extinguisher may force burning fat out of the pan and spread the fire. The following types of extinguishers are available. Always check manufacturer’s instructions for the type of fire appropriate for each one. Follow operating instructions carefully. Most extinguishers will be red with a coloured sticker on them for easy identification: