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Don’t let your DIY efforts go up in flames this Easter

5th April 2012

With a busy weekend of ‘Do It Yourself’ activity ahead this Easter, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is issuing timely advice to all would be DIY enthusiasts.

 The following safety tips should help ensure DIY enthusiasts stay fire safe over Easter:

  •  Always check that the task you are undertaking is within your capabilities and take expert advice - many DIY superstores will offer such advice when you are buying materials and equipment. While you’re there, why not invest in a smoke alarm?


  • Safety instructions should be read in full and complied with.


  • Check you have the correct tool for the job.


  • Make sure children and pets are safe, with obstructions removed from your workplace.


  •  Always uncoil electrical extension cables fully, as these can overheat and cause a fire.


  • Don’t use electrical equipment in the garden when it is raining. 


  • Invest in a portable Residual Current Device (safety device that can save lives by instantly switching off power) for all those outside DIY jobs with electric tools. 


  • Gas appliances should only be repaired by an approved contractor. 


  • Flammable liquids should be used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, secured in containers and used in small quantities, well away from the house and other risks like naked flames or cigarettes. 


  • Ventilate when using adhesives and flammable liquids by opening windows and door and always ensure that no naked flames or power tools are close by. If you spill a substance on your clothing or overalls remove them and clean them thoroughly. 


  • Don’t leave electrical equipment plugged in whilst unattended.


  • Always check where electric wiring is running behind walls before attempting to drill holes. 


  • Never attempt DIY electric wiring yourself in kitchens or bathrooms 


  • Remember it’s important to have a working smoke alarm installed in your home. You are twice as likely to die in a house fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm, so it is vital to think of fire safety while you are carrying out your household chores. Make sure you own and maintain every smoke alarm in your home. Get into a routine – it only takes a matter of seconds each week to test the alarm that could save your life.

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