Home Fire Safety: Tips from AA Home Insurance

Winter is a time when we can look forward to luxuries such as lazing beside a roaring open fire or lighting a few candles to set the mood, but always consider home fire safety when doing so.

Follow our AA Home Insurance tips to help reduce the risk of a fire in your home this winter.

Smoke Alarms

Check them on a weekly basis to ensure they are in full working order.
Excluding garages and bathrooms, you should have an alarm fitted in every room in your home.
Replace smoke alarms at least every 10 years.

Open Fires

Have your chimney and flue cleaned at least once a year.

Never have an open fire blazing too high.

Always use a fire safety guard on open and radiant fires.

Don’t dry clothes on fire safety guards or storage heaters.

Electrical Items

Ageing electrical systems/wiring must be checked out by a qualified electrician.

Beware laptops & other electronic devices! Batteries on them can overheat while charging so make sure that ventilation holes are not blocked. A laptop that is plugged in and resting on your duvet is a serious fire hazard if you fall asleep.

Only use approved plug-boards and ensure all plugs have the correct fuse fitted. Before going to bed each night or if you are spending time away from home, we would strongly advise that you unplug all electrical appliances.

During the festive season be careful with Christmas tree lights, check them for wear and tear and don’t forget to unplug them every night.

Before Going to Bed

Develop a routine of switching off all electrical appliances.

Switch off gas appliances.

and make sure all the cigarettes were extinguished correctly.

and make sure all the cigarettes were extinguished correctly.

After a home fire, make sure the fireguard is placed in front of the fireplace.

Ensure your passageways are clear and would not pose as an obstruction in the event of fleeing from a fire.

This could help to slow the spread of a fire.

Also…

Remember to get your heating system serviced annually.

Don’t leave any matches or lighters in close reach of children.

Keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in your kitchen.

Never, ever leave a naked flame unattended and be extra careful when using candles, make sure they are fixed to a solid base and don’t forget to extinguish them.

especially if you’re tired or on medication.

Ensure your passageways are clear and would not pose as an obstruction in the event of fleeing from a fire.

This could help to slow the spread of a fire.

If you’re an AA Home Insurance policyholder, check out your benefits:

We will cover up to €3,000 for fire brigade service fees should you need to make the call.

If your home is deemed uninhabitable we will cover the cost of temporary accommodation and rent you should have received but lost while your home is unfit to live in due to damage caused by an insured event.

Our Contents cover will automatically increase by 10% during the months of December and January to cover extra contents within the home during the festive season if they are damaged as a result of smoke, fire or theft.

The above benefits are subject to terms and conditions.

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