Attics must be considered a high-risk area in your home.
- Out of sight does not mean it’s a non-risk area.
- Typically a vast network of electrical cables cris-cross every attic in Ireland.
- Typically attics become remote storage areas, books-magazines, clothes, paints; toys, etc. begin to fill the space.
- Every electrical joint has the potential to loosen, causing a hot smouldering area, and then FIRE.
- Electrical cables should be in good repair, not worn, frayed, or perished from age.
- Standard Down-Lighter bulbs are extremely hot and create a very hot attic space.
- Change to Low – energy Down-Lighter bulbs which do not create heat, they are cheaper to run also.
- Try to keep your attic free of fire hazards.
- Inspect and clean chimney’s yearly.
- Inspect the bricks and mortar of the chimney, and whether rafters are at risk of smouldering from heat.
- Stove pipes have proved a particular hazard especially when installed in a DIY manner.
- Chimney or stove pipe, evaluate its safety.
- Do place long life smoke alarms in the attic.
- These may be linked to similar smoke alarms in the hallway under-neat.
- Irish made ten year battery alarms are generally inter-connectable.
- Smoke alarms should be less than 10 years old, alarms maintained clean, free of dust, cobwebs etc.
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