Home fire safety

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Cut down the risk of a fire in your home with our fire safety checklist:

Do you smoke?

  • If so, use deep ashtrays and stub each cigarette out properly.
  • Never smoke in bed.

Do you have a smoke alarm?

  • You need a smoke alarm on each floor of your home. It is vital it has the British Standard number BS5446 and the Kitemark.
  • Test it regularly and keep it free from dust.
  • Change the battery at least once a year.
  • There are smoke alarms for people with hearing difficulties which set off vibrating pads that go under your pillow and strobe lights if the alarm detects smoke. For more information visit the RNID website.

Have you planned an escape route?

Do you have an open fire?

  • If you have an open fire, do you use a fire guard? They’re essential to let you safely enjoy the benefits of a fire.
  • Never dry clothes over or near a fire, even drying clothes near a fire or other heater is a fire risk.


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service advice

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