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Firefighters issued urgent #StayHomeStaySafe advice as millions of people started their first full week of working from home amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
The majority of city office workers have now stopped commuting following Government advice to avoid all but essential travel in a bid to try and contain the spread of Covid-19.
With the increased numbers of people at home during the day, London Fire Brigade is warning of the potential for more fires as people adapt their daily routines and others are in isolation, and calling for people to think, take action and avoid becoming a further casualty for the NHS.
With more of us spending extra time at home over the next few weeks, either through home working, self-isolating or social distancing and with the added distractions that can bring, here are some safety advice and tips to help you stay home and stay safe.
Smoke alarms are essential items! They can help give you and your family a few minutes warning if a fire breaks out in your home. You should fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
If you’re working from home take care with laptops and chargers. Don’t overload sockets, make sure you use laptops on hard surfaces so they don’t overheat and unplug mobile and tablet chargers when you’ve finished using them.
With everyone being at home there may be more distractions when you’re trying to cook. Don’t leave pans or grills unattended and keep an eye on children if they are helping out in the kitchen.
You might be tempted to burn some garden rubbish especially with local household recycling centres being shut. Please think carefully before you do, with more people being at home your smoke could cause an issue for neighbours, make sure you don’t have fires close to trees, hedges, fences or sheds and don’t have them on windy days when the fire could spread more easily.
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