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Is Your Home Safe?

In the year ending June 2019, 215 people lost their lives due to a fire at home.

You are around 8 times more likely to die from a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm in your home.

Would your smoke alarm save you?

Get the facts:

  • working smoke alarms correctly positioned in your home can save your life
  • make sure you test your smoke alarms at least once a month
  • make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including in each bedroom
  • do not put a smoke alarm in a kitchen or bathroom
  • don’t ever paint over a smoke alarm
  • have a plan for how you’d leave your home if your smoke alarms go off, and make sure everyone in your home knows what it is

Did you know?

  • cooking fires are the main causes of fire in the home
  • every 6 days someone dies in a fire started by smoking materials
  • two accidental dwelling fires a day are started by candles
  • faulty electrics cause about 4,000 fires in the

Cut the risk of fire in your home

  • never leave children in a kitchen cooking unattended – ideally, always stay in the kitchen, especially if you’re cooking with fat
  • do not pour water onto hot fat
  • keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order to prevent them triggering a fire
  • use plugs safely – too many in one socket can start a fire
  • when you finish a cigarette make sure it is right out – take special care when putting out cigarettes on balconies – just because you are outside doesn’t stop a fire starting
  • put candles in a holder and keep them away from things that may burn – never leave them burning when you’re not in the room
  • a lot of fires start at night – do some checks before you go to bed

 

Concerned about your or someone else’s home?

Do you rent your home?

  • landlords are legally required to install smoke alarms on every floor of the properties they let as living accommodation
  • you are responsible for making sure your smoke alarms are maintained – test them monthly

 

Are you a landlord?

  • you are legally required to install smoke alarms on every floor of a property you let as living accommodation

 

Do you have sight, hearing or mobility issues?

  • people with sight, hearing or mobility issues can be at particular risk from fire in their home.
  • ask if they can offer advice on fire safety in your home – they may be able to carry out a home fire safety visit

Do you care for an elderly or disabled person?

  • help test their smoke alarms
  • make sure their smoke alarms are fitted in the correct places
  • want more advice if they can offer advice on fire safety in your home – they may be able to carry out a home fire safety visit

Do you live in a high rise flat?

  • your landlord or managing agent must take steps to prevent fires breaking out in the communal areas and to protect escape routes
  • they should tell you what to do if a fire breaks out – make sure everyone in your household is aware of the fire safety procedure
  • you should take steps to prevent fires from starting in the first place
  • you must make sure you have enough working smoke alarms in your home
  • let your landlord or managing agent know if you need help to evacuate or are unable to hear a communal fire alarm  
  • keep the common areas clear, and protect the escape routes from obstruction
  • contact your landlord or managing agent for more advice – or your local fire and rescue service for a home fire safety visit

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