Home fire safety

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Fire safety


Follow these tips to cut down the risk of a fire in your home.


  • Make sure you have a smoke alarm on each floor of your home and check it has the British Standard number BS5446 and the Kitemark
  • Test your smoke alarm regularly – it can’t save lives if it’s not working properly.
  • If you have hearing problems, you can get a smoke alarm which sets off vibrating pads which can be put under your pillow at night, to get your attention.
  • If you smoke, make sure you stub your cigarettes out completely.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • If you have an open fire, make sure you use a fireguard.
  • Don’t dry clothes over or near a fire.
  • When you’re cooking, never leave the pan unattended.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets.
  • Plan an escape route. This can save valuable time in a fire.
  • Ask your local fire service to check your home for fire safety. It’s free and you may be eligible to get free smoke alarms fitted.
Advice line:
08000 223 444

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