Many safety & maintenance issues in the home can be avoided by carrying out regular checks and following best practice.
- Close all doors at night and keep fire doors shut at all times.
- Ensure all door closers are not removed from doors, this is a fire regulation.
- Do not overload electric appliances and avoid using adaptors and extension leads.
- Keep exits and passageways clear.
- Switch off electric blankets and unplug them before getting in to bed unless they are marked suitable for night use.
- One of the most common causes of house fires is overheated chip pans. Don’t fill the chip pan over halfway, and never leave them unattended.
- Keep matches away from children.
- Always use a fireguard. It is against the law to leave a child under 12 years old in a room with an unguarded fire.
What to do if there is a fire in your home
- Call the Fire Brigade – 999 or 112.
- Make sure everyone leaves the property, and alert your neighbours.
- Tell us as soon as possible.
Never use water on a fire involving electrical equipment, fat, oil, or spirits. Instead, switch off gas and electrical supplies and smother the fire with a mat or woollen blanket.
- All your gas appliances and pipes should be checked once a year.
- Always use a registered gas installer for services and installations.
What to do if you smell gas
- Put out cigarettes / candles immediately.
- Do not use electrical switches or appliances.
- Open all doors and windows.
- Check if the gas tap has been left on or a pilot light has blown out.
- If you still think there is a leak, turn off the gas meter and call the Bord Gáis Emergency Number – 1850 20 50 50.
- If you smell gas outside, call Bord Gáis, do not assume someone else has done it.
- Switch off appliances which are not in use.
- Don’t use damaged flex and don’t run flex under carpet or rugs.
- Don’t touch switches with wet or damp hands.
- Don’t run electrical appliances from a light fitting.
- Don’t wire more than one electrical appliance into a plug.
- If a fuse keeps blowing or a circuit breaker keeps tripping and you can’t trace the fault to an item of your equipment then report the fault to us.
- Never take an electrical appliance into the bathroom.
- Find out where the main stop-cock is in your home. It is usually located under the kitchen sink – open & close the valve a few times a year to ensure it is working.
- If your water supply stops for any reason, make sure your taps are turned off and your sink and baths are clear. Make sure all plugs are removed to avoid flooding when the water comes back on.
- To avoid burst pipes in winter, keep your home warm even if it is left empty during the day.
- If you are planning to go away during the winter months, use the frost stat on your boiler or leave the heating on a low setting.
If your pipes freeze or rupture you should:
- Turn off the main stop cock.
- Switch off the immersion heater otherwise the tank may be badly damaged.
- Switch off the time clock to the central heating boiler.
- Drain the water from the system by turning on all taps and leaving them turned on.
- Report the problem to your Estate Manager.