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Fire Safety at Home

Most fires in the home start accidentally and the consequences can be devastating. Taking some basic and common sense precautions. Here are our top tips.


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.

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 basic and common sense precautions. If you would like to receive a free Home Fire Safety Check Service, click here or ring 0800 1691125.

Below are our top tips to help keep you safe from fire in your home. You can also find more information by clicking on the items in the menu on the left-hand side.

For further 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

and for those with hearing impairments, you can watch the Fire Kills BSL version of their fire safety in the home video.