OXFORDSHIRE’S firefighters have issued advice to help people keep their homes safe if they go away over the summer.
To make sure homes are left protected from fire, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has recommended having working smoke alarms fitted – which would alert neighbours – and closing all internal doors to help prevent the spread of fire and reduce potential damage.
Stuart Garner, home and community safety manager for the fire and rescue service, said: “We want everybody to have a safe and enjoyable summer holiday whether they are staying here or going abroad.
“It is important, however, to take a few minutes to think about leaving your house as safe as is possible from fire, so there are no nasty surprises when you return from holiday.
“It’s an idea to turn off non-essential electrical appliances, to help stop potential fires and, if practical, gas and water supplies.
“Emptying rubbish bins and ashtrays reduces the amount of flammable material in a home and leaving a house key with a relative, neighbour or friend gives householders peace of mind knowing that somebody is watching a property.”
He also suggested that holiday makers familiarise themselves with fire instructions displayed at their accommodation and to use barbecues according to the safety instructions.