Fire Safety: Escape with a Ladder

Our homes are our place of safety, the area of comfort and familiarity where we rest after a long day at work or kiss our children a good night before bed. But what happens when our home becomes our worst nightmare and a significant fire breaks out? Hopefully, you will never have to face this, but what would you do if you did? In the UK, there were 243 fire fatalities and 6,910 non-fatal casualties from 2019-2020 (according to Government Read More

Five Facts About the Great Fire of London 1666

Taught in primary schools across the UK, The Great Fire of London of 1666 is arguably one of the most famous fires in history, and burnt down a large part of the capital city. Surprisingly though, most references lead to the understanding that very few people died.  The most significant fire concerning the recorded death toll in London happened in 1212 when swathes of people were trapped on the burning London Bridge as it was then.  Thanks to the diary Read More

The fire risk associated with skin creams

Have you ever considered that your skin cream might increase the risk of a fire in your home? Skin creams and other toiletries can include flammable substances in their ingredients that can increase the risk of fires, severe burns to the skin, and fatalities when absorbed into fabrics. Here we highlight the dangers and discuss measures that you can take to prevent these disastrous events from happening.  What skin creams are hazardous?  Skin creams, sprays, bath oils, lotions, ointments or Read More

Top Ten Tips for Planning Your Fire Escape

In the UK, historic fires such as the First Great Fire of London and more recent ones like the Grenfell Tower fire have killed thousands. But how would you react if you woke up in the middle of the night in a room filled with smoke? Do you and your family know what to do if there was a fire in your home? If you don’t, then it is time to get organised and start planning your way out of Read More

Different types of fire extinguishers

Fire Safety in the Home: Fire Extinguishers

Are you prepared in case of a fire? Do you have any fire safety equipment in your home?  An increasing number of us working from home, plugging in computers and lamps to extension leads. These questions and more need to be thought about with some care if you and your loved ones are to be given all the help you need if the worst does happen. Searching out the best fire smoke mask or other fire safety equipment such as Read More

Lady checking a carbon monoxide alarm

Face Mask Protection for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

One of the main components of fire smoke is carbon monoxide, but what do you really know about it? Do you know that a fire mask emergency escape hood can help prevent its inhalation during a fire, giving you up to sixty vital minutes to escape? Smoke inhalation is a leading cause of death during fires, so it makes sense to have a fire mask handy in case a fire breaks out in your home. In this article, we explore Read More

The First Great Fire of London: What is the take-home message?

There are so many unfortunate and unnecessary victims of fires, so why is this? Fires, we can and should personally learn from, and ensure that we take all necessary precautions in our own lives. Precautions such as having an evacuation route planned, working smoke alarms in place, and having an emergency fire mask are all great ways to help save lives. The greatest fire in London is a perfect example of not learning from such a tragic event.   At some Read More

Fire Safety: Kitchen Fires

The kitchen, the place of burnt toast and endless hot beverages. The home hub, where friends and families come together to enjoy good food and discuss the activities of the day.  However, there are several fire hazards in the kitchen that you and your family should be aware of. Are you suitably prepared with the right fire equipment in your home? Do you have a working smoke alarm or gloves and fire retardant mask available to hand?  Armed with a Read More

Fire Disasters: Grenfell Tower

On a fateful night in June 2017, seventy-two people lost their lives to fire in the newly renovated Grenfell Tower in West London. The victims of the harrowing event ranged from 6 months to 84 years old, a lady who had lived in Grenfell Tower for 34 years. Several factors contributed to the tragic events of the night. A public inquiry aims to determine what happened and why, and what can be done to stop anything like this from happening Read More

Fire Safety: Chimney Fires – What are the Risks?

With the darker nights in the cold winter months, it’s a real treat to light up and all gather around, soaking up the energy and the atmosphere a warm and roaring fire creates. However, if the last time you had your chimney swept was when the original Mary Poppins was shown in cinemas then it’s about time to do something about it! When we go out house hunting in search of the perfect home, a large beautiful fireplace is often Read More