With the clock ticking down until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is issuing key advice to residents and visitors to ensure they are fire safe.

KFRS Director of Service Delivery, Steve Griffiths said: “This is going to be the biggest sporting celebration ever seen in the UK, and we are encouraging people to enjoy it, while at the same time making sure they protect themselves, their families and anyone staying in their property on a temporary basis from the threat of fire.

“Basic safety tips such as making sure you have a working smoke alarm, knowing your escape route and taking care in the kitchen are valid to both the Kent community and visitors. Even if you plan to be elsewhere for the event, make fire safety a consideration and also ensure your home is fire safe, so you have something to return to!”

• Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home – test them weekly. Plan escape routes, keep exits clear and close all doors before going to bed.
• Take extra care in the kitchen and don’t be distracted – accidents while cooking account for over half of fires in homes.
• Never leave BBQs unattended, keep away from fences, sheds etc and only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel.
• Don’t overload electrical sockets. Remember one plug for one socket
• Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
• Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are disposed of carefully, and never smoke in bed.

Fire chiefs are also warning those planning to let out rooms, set up temporary campsites or rent out boats to ensure they adhere to relevant fire safety regulations.

If anyone pays to stay in your property during the Olympics – or at any other time – other than to live there as a permanent home, you may need to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 http://www.kent.fire-uk.org/your_business/legislation.aspx.

• Ensure your fire risk assessment is up-to-date and adhered to. Take action to address any significant risks you identify.
• Make sure you’ve got an adequate fire detection and warning system in place.
• Advise guests of fire safety procedures; alarms, escape routes etc.
• You can find more info at www.communities.gov.uk/documents/fire/pdf/payingguests.pdf.

Should you have any fire safety concerns, our specially trained officers are on hand to provide you with free advice and information. Call our safety team for free on 0800 923 7000 or visit www.kent.fire-uk.org for more information.

If you are renting out your home, you may be eligible for a home safety visit, please call the number above and quote the following code LON2012.

Your local fire safety office can be found HERE