COVID-19: Does Lockdown present more of a fire safety risk?

Jun 18, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic on everyone’s minds at the moment, homeowners may be forgiven if fire safety is not at the top of the priority lists.

But with individuals spending more time at home, fire safety is possibly far more critical as it has ever been before. Let’s explore why.

Cooking at Home

More and more people are cooking at home instead of eating out in restaurants right now, which means there is a higher risk of fires in the home caused by greater use of cooking appliances.

Caution should be expressed with children being at home instead of at school, too.

It’s a good idea to use this opportunity of more time on our hands to check all home appliances like cookers and microwaves, and that they are in good working order.

Electrical Sockets at Home

Our electrical sockets are taking much more of a battering than usual, with homeowners residing in their homes the majority of the time during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

Electrical sockets in the vast majority of households are now almost constantly in use as more and more people are able to work from home, and children at home, too.

Increased use of sockets = increased fire safety risk. Ensure sockets and extension leads are not over-capacity, and check the plugs in your homes for wear and tear.

Keeping Safe at Home during Lockdown

With masses more of the population spending more time at home, it’s evident that fire risks are inevitably higher in a number of areas. The more time people are at home, using electrical appliances and engaging in other day-to-day actions that come with a slight, but natural fire risk, the more the whole fire safety risk is increased.

But if the right precautions are taken and the necessary attention retained, there’s no need to add extra burden to our fire services at this unprecedented time.

We hope this article has made you a little more mindful about the slight increase of potential fire risks during COVID-19 lockdown, and the steps you can take to avoid disaster.

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