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During this current period of self-isolation, we will inevitably be spending an increased amount of time in our homes with our loved ones. It is imperative now more than ever that we ensure our homes are safe and protected whilst we spend a prolonged amount of time within them.
Over 200 people die due to house fires in the UK every year, with the majority of them happening overnight between the hours of 10pm and 6am. One of the main causes of house fires is leaving cooking appliances on, along with smoking accounting for 50% of deaths in house fires since 2009 and not turning off electrical appliances after use.
While 85% of house fires in the UK are accidents, they can be easily prevented. Things like checking the house before leaving, turning off all the appliances before heading to bed and perhaps the most important is checking that the carbon monoxide, fire and heat alarms are installed correctly, working properly and are installed in the right rooms.
Aston spoke to Mike Wright, product development manager at Aico and Andy Speake, national technical manager at Aico to talk about how we can keep our homes safe from house fires.