A stitch in time…Makes good sense and saves money
What to look for:
- Alarms (batteries / wiring)
- Extinguishers (expiry date)
Check the electrical installations as noted above. Fit battery or mains-operated smoke alarms particularly if your property is extensive. If choosing a mains-operated system advise the installer to ensure the wiring is discrete. A further alternative is a radio-operated system with no- or minimal - cabling.
Keep an appropriate model of fire extinguisher in the kitchen and be sure to replace this before its expiry date.
If the home has open fireplaces, it is wise to use fenders if leaving the fire unattended at any time and to have the chimneys swept regularly to prevent build-up of flammable soot.
The use of blow lamps, paint strippers or white-spirit requires exceptional care. Several historic properties have been destroyed by fires started by careless plumbers or painters. Hot air paint strippers, for example, can ignite dust hidden inside voids and behind joinery, which may smoulder for a while before catching light. The use of heat deflector shields can help protect glazing if burning paint from window casements or glazing bars.
If you live in a thatched property, fire protection can be installed either within the thatching, under the thatch if you need to replace all the thatch or at a lower level, such as ceiling or floor joists. A professional can advise on the products available, there are many which are as thin as material, but provide an hour fire protection.