Advice from Blake, FIA, administrative assistant, work experience

21 October 2016 by Guest Blogger,

Did you know that on their website, the government states that last year there were 170,000 recorded fires? A lot right?

However what if I told you that the government also stated on their website that this was a 40% drop in recorded fires since 2004? Would you think ‘wow that sure is a huge drop in recorded fires.’? Or would you think ‘wow that is a huge amount of fires in 2004.’?

Honestly, 2004 wasn’t a great year overall: the Indian Ocean earthquake; ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch was stolen at gunpoint and Bush was re-elected. However the fact that there were over 170,000  recorded fires, many of which, according to statistics from the government, ended in deaths, has to be up there.

What truly baffles me about all of this is that this is rarely heard about in the media. Of course you may hear the occasional fact on the news warning you, but that’s about it. This is odd, and must be fixed, as 170,000 cases of fires, in the UK alone, is too high of a number.

Therefore, I have decided to write for you, reader, the steps you should undertake to ensure that a fire doesn’t occur; and if it does, what to do.

Firstly, ensure that you have the power to detect and neutralise a fire. Make sure that you have a working fire alarm at all times, and check it at least yearly to make sure it is ready to detect a fire. Also, if you’re a Landlord /employer, always ensure that you have met the necessary requirements given by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005. Basically: have means of warning of fire (a fire alarm), a safe means of escape (a fire exit), and Fire-fighting equipment (a fire extinguisher)

Secondly, make sure that if I fire were to start, that you can get yourself and anyone else living/working with you as far away from the house as possible, as if the fire cannot be stopped, safety is the number 1 priority. However, if you can put it out, then obviously try to put it out unless you or anyone else is at risk.

As well as this, if you think the place you live/work in isn’t safe, then, you must tell the landlord/employer. If they refuse to do anything, or ignore your request, then you must report them as they’re breaking the law, and your life may be at risk.

Finally, don’t try to be a hero. Like I said safety is the most important issue here, and you don’t want to be badly burnt or even killed just because your TV was about to burn. If a fire is too big and cannot be put out then turn around and run like you were being chased by some wild dogs. Call the fire brigade and let them to the dangerous work, after all they’re trained professionals. And if you’re burned badly because of the landlord/employer’s negligence, sue them for every penny they have, provided of course you aren’t the landlord/employer, don’t sue yourself.

There you go. As long as these criteria are met you should be able to prevent, or at the very least survive, a fire.