We want everyone in Lancashire to be safe when they’re at home.

Whether you live in a flat, a house, a high-rise building, or elsewhere, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Fire Safety at Home

Most fires in the home start accidentally and the consequences can be devastating. Take some simple steps to protect your home, yourself, and your loved ones.


Make sure that you have at least one working smoke alarm in your property and check it regularly to ensure it is still working properly.


Know your escape plan should a fire occur. Consider a plan B too and if you have guest or visitors staying over, talk it over with them as well. You never know when a fire might accidentally break out.


Take pans off the hob or turn down the heat if you get distracted or called away from the cooker and keep combustible items a safe distance away from the heat source.


Keep portable heaters at least one metre away from furniture and other flammable items.


Don’t overload extension leads or adapters and check wires to ensure they are in good working order.


Put cigarettes out carefully before going to bed.


If you have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

Staying Safe at Home

Most fires in the home start accidentally and the consequences can be devastating. However, the majority of these fires can be prevented by taking some simple precautions. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety checks. Fill in the online form or ring us on 0800 1691125.

For more information about keeping your home safe and fire safety in the home, read the Government’s Fire Kills leaflets. For those with sight impairments you can listen to the audio version.

Causes of Fire in the Home

These topics are among the most common causes of fire in the home. It helps to know where risks reside so you can take extra care and avoid an emergency.

Follow each link to learn more about the associated risk and how you can protect yourself:

How to Protect Your Home

Nobody wants to lose their home in a fire. Even a small incident can cause a lot of damage and be expensive to fix.

Our advice can highlight areas you should be aware of and give you next steps to improve your home fire safety.

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms on each floor of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms regularly so you know they’re working.
  • Plan an escape route and ensure everyone in your home knows it.
  • If you do have a fire, get out, stay out, and call us out via 999.