Are you a safe pair of hands or an accident waiting to happen? Take this short quiz to find out.

How often should you replace your smoke alarm?

Every three years

You should replace your smoke alarm every ten years. Test your alarms regularly – about once a month – and keep them clean. If your alarms are battery powered, you should replace the battery every year unless it’s a 10-year sealed battery.

Contact your local fire service to find out if you’re eligible for a free Safe and Well visit. They may fit smoke alarms for you and test any that you have.

Every five years

You should replace your smoke alarm every ten years. Test your alarms regularly – about once a month – and keep them clean. If your alarms are battery powered, you should replace the battery every year unless it’s a 10-year sealed battery.

Contact your local fire service to find out if you’re eligible for a free Safe and Well visit. They may fit smoke alarms for you and test any that you have.

Every ten years

You should replace your smoke alarm every ten years. Test your alarms regularly – about once a month – and keep them clean. If your alarms are battery powered, you should replace the battery every year unless it’s a 10-year sealed battery.

Contact your local fire service to find out if you’re eligible for a free Safe and Well visit. They may fit smoke alarms for you and test any that you have.

What should you do if your smoke alarm keeps going off while you’re cooking?

Ignore it – this is bound to happen sometimes

If your smoke alarm keeps going off while you’re cooking, you may need to move it or replace it with an alarm that isn’t affected by smoke such as a heat alarm. These only cover a relatively small area so you may need more than one in a large kitchen.

Never take the batteries out.

Move it or replace it with a different type of alarm

If your smoke alarm keeps going off while you’re cooking, you may need to move it or replace it with an alarm that isn’t affected by smoke such as a heat alarm. These only cover a relatively small area so you may need more than one in a large kitchen.

Never take the batteries out.

Take the batteries out and replace them when you finish cooking

If your smoke alarm keeps going off while you’re cooking, you may need to move it or replace it with an alarm that isn’t affected by smoke such as a heat alarm. These only cover a relatively small area so you may need more than one in a large kitchen.

Never take the batteries out.

Which of these appliances uses the most electricity?

Vacuum cleaner

An iron uses the most electricity.

Overloading sockets is a fire risk. Most people use extension leads which allow you to plug more than one appliance into a wall socket, but just because they have space for four plugs doesn’t mean you should use all of them. Appliances use different amounts of electricity and plugging in more than one could take you over the maximum load. Try the socket overload calculator to make sure you’re not going over the limit.

Iron

An iron uses the most electricity.

Overloading sockets is a fire risk. Most people use extension leads which allow you to plug more than one appliance into a wall socket, but just because they have space for four plugs doesn’t mean you should use all of them. Appliances use different amounts of electricity and plugging in more than one could take you over the maximum load. Try the socket overload calculator to make sure you’re not going over the limit.

42” HD television

An iron uses the most electricity.

Overloading sockets is a fire risk. Most people use extension leads which allow you to plug more than one appliance into a wall socket, but just because they have space for four plugs doesn’t mean you should use all of them. Appliances use different amounts of electricity and plugging in more than one could take you over the maximum load. Try the socket overload calculator to make sure you’re not going over the limit.

What should you do if there’s a fire?

If it’s only a small one, try to put it out

If there’s a fire, get out, stay out and call the fire brigade. Don’t try to put out a fire yourself – leave it to the professionals.

Gather your important possessions and get out

If there’s a fire, get out, stay out and call the fire brigade. Don’t try to put out a fire yourself – leave it to the professionals.

Get out and call the fire brigade

If there’s a fire, get out, stay out and call the fire brigade. Don’t try to put out a fire yourself – leave it to the professionals.

What should you never take into the bathroom?

Personal alarms

Water conducts electricity so you should never bring mains-powered appliances such as heaters, hairdryers or radios into a bathroom.

Most personal alarms are waterproof so you can take them in the bathroom. If you’re worried about falling, you could also consider making adaptations such as installing grab rails and a bath seat or electric bath lift.

Newspapers

Water conducts electricity so you should never bring mains-powered appliances such as heaters, hairdryers or radios into a bathroom.

Most personal alarms are waterproof so you can take them in the bathroom. If you’re worried about falling, you could also consider making adaptations such as installing grab rails and a bath seat or electric bath lift.

Plug-in radios

Water conducts electricity so you should never bring mains-powered appliances such as heaters, hairdryers or radios into a bathroom.

Most personal alarms are waterproof so you can take them in the bathroom. If you’re worried about falling, you could also consider making adaptations such as installing grab rails and a bath seat or electric bath lift.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be mistaken for...

Food poisoning

Breathing in carbon monoxide can give you symptoms similar to a cold, flu or food poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous and can be fatal so don’t take any chances. You can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide and even a small amount can cause health problems. Get a carbon monoxide alarm to give you an early warning. You should also get your appliances serviced and tested regularly.

A cold or flu

Breathing in carbon monoxide can give you symptoms similar to a cold, flu or food poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous and can be fatal so don’t take any chances. You can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide and even a small amount can cause health problems. Get a carbon monoxide alarm to give you an early warning. You should also get your appliances serviced and tested regularly.

Both

Breathing in carbon monoxide can give you symptoms similar to a cold, flu or food poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous and can be fatal so don’t take any chances. You can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide and even a small amount can cause health problems. Get a carbon monoxide alarm to give you an early warning. You should also get your appliances serviced and tested regularly.

What should you do if you have a minor burn or scald?

Put ice on the affected area

Treat the area with cool or cold running water for about 20 minutes. First aid can help to limit damage to your skin. Never use ice, iced water, creams or greasy substances such as butter to treat a burn or scald. If the burn or scald is serious, seek medical help.

Treat the area with cool or cold running water

Treat the area with cool or cold running water for about 20 minutes. First aid can help to limit damage to your skin. Never use ice, iced water, creams or greasy substances such as butter to treat a burn or scald. If the burn or scald is serious, seek medical help.

Apply antiseptic cream to the area

Treat the area with cool or cold running water for about 20 minutes. First aid can help to limit damage to your skin. Never use ice, iced water, creams or greasy substances such as butter to treat a burn or scald. If the burn or scald is serious, seek medical help.

Which of the following should you NOT do?

Wash raw meat before cooking it

Don’t wash raw meat before cooking it – this can spread bacteria to other food. Always store raw meat, fish or poultry at the bottom of your fridge, below ready-to-eat food such as salad, and use a separate chopping board when preparing raw meat.

Store raw meat at the bottom of your fridge

Don’t wash raw meat before cooking it – this can spread bacteria to other food. Always store raw meat, fish or poultry at the bottom of your fridge, below ready-to-eat food such as salad, and use a separate chopping board when preparing raw meat.

Use a separate chopping board when preparing raw meat

Don’t wash raw meat before cooking it – this can spread bacteria to other food. Always store raw meat, fish or poultry at the bottom of your fridge, below ready-to-eat food such as salad, and use a separate chopping board when preparing raw meat..

What can you do to manage your medication better?

Make sure you take supplements as well

Follow the instructions and take the right amount at the right time. This might seem obvious, but according to the World Health Organisation only 50% of people take their medicine as they should. If you’re taking more than one medicine and you have a long-term health condition, ask your pharmacist about a free medicines use review.

Stop taking your medicines when you feel better

Follow the instructions and take the right amount at the right time. This might seem obvious, but according to the World Health Organisation only 50% of people take their medicine as they should. If you’re taking more than one medicine and you have a long-term health condition, ask your pharmacist about a free medicines use review.

Take the right amount at the right time

Follow the instructions and take the right amount at the right time. This might seem obvious, but according to the World Health Organisation only 50% of people take their medicine as they should. If you’re taking more than one medicine and you have a long-term health condition, ask your pharmacist about a free medicines use review.

Which of the following can help prevent falls?

Keep your feet healthy and wear appropriate footwear

All of them can help prevent falls – and there are other things you can do to help you stay steady on your feet.

Falls can happen to anyone. Most don’t result in serious injury but they can affect your confidence and wellbeing. Being prepared can help you avoid falls or cope if you have one and there’s lots of help and support available. 

Exercise regularly

All of them can help prevent falls – and there are other things you can do to help you stay steady on your feet.

Falls can happen to anyone. Most don’t result in serious injury but they can affect your confidence and wellbeing. Being prepared can help you avoid falls or cope if you have one and there’s lots of help and support available. 

Ask your GP or pharmacist to review your medication

All of them can help prevent falls – and there are other things you can do to help you stay steady on your feet.

Falls can happen to anyone. Most don’t result in serious injury but they can affect your confidence and wellbeing. Being prepared can help you avoid falls or cope if you have one and there’s lots of help and support available. 

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