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Going on holiday

Fire safety advice for the holidays

Holiday time should be a time of relaxation and fun. By taking a few fire safety precautions both before and during you holiday, your enjoyment should not be spoilt by an unwanted fire.

Before you go away:

  • Turn off all gas appliances that are not required to be running while you are away.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances not needed.
  • Close all internal doors. Then if a  fire occurs, it should help contain it and cause less damage.
  • Turn off water at the mains. Water from a leaking pipe or overflowing from a cistern could short out electrical wiring and cause a fire.
  • Empty all rubbish bins and ashtrays.
  • Tell a relative, friend or neighbour that you are going away and leave a key with them if possible.
  • Check your smoke alarms.

While you are away

When staying in hotels or apartments:

  • Walk your escape route(s) and find your final exit doors. Having a fire plan is even more important when you are in an unfamiliar place. See Escape Plan.
  • Check the position of fire alarm call points and fire-fighting equipment.
  • Read the fire instructions displayed in your room and at reception.
  • Ask where the assembly point is in case of fire, so people will know you are safely outside.
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