You are here: HomeNews & VideosSafety in the Home

Fire safety in the home.

The following simple and inexpensive tips can help reduce the risk of fire in your home. 


Fit smoke alarms and check them regularly. 

  • Smoke alarms are inexpensive and can be bought for between £5 and £10.
  • Fit alarms in hallways, landings and in rooms which are far from halls and landings. Dont fit them in kitchens and bathrooms as fumes and steam can set them off.
  • Test your alarms on a weekly basis, and change the batteries annually.
  • Gently hoover the alarm to remove dust every six months.

Take care when cooking.

  • Take extra care when cooking with oil, dont leave the pan unattended and keep children well away.
  • Keep flammable materials away from the cooking hob.

Dont overload electrical sockets.

  • Avoid fitting extra plugs to sockets, but if you have to use quality items and ensure the plug fuse ratings are correct.

Smoking in the home.

  • Avoid smoking in the home if possible and dispose of cigarette ends in a flame proof container.
  • Emplty ash trays into a flame proof container.
  • Carry out a fire check before going to bed.

Using candles in the home.

  • Candles and decorative lights can cause fires use a the correct holdes and keep them well away from furnishings, curtains and papers.

Family escape plan.

  • Create a simple fire / accident escape plan and ensure all the family understand what to do in an emergency situation.

Preparing and practicing an escape plan will help you act quickly if there is a fire in the home.

  • Choose an escape route - usually the normal way in and out of the home however select a back-up route if the normal exit rout can not be used.
  • Ensure you have an escape route should you became trapped on the 1st floor (windows / escape ladder).
  • Identify a 'safe room' where you could shelter if you became trapped ensure it has a window and telephone so you can contact the safety services.
  • Ensure window and door lock keys are available in the case of an emergency.

Action to take in the case of fire.

  • Dont try to fight the fire, leave the house immediately.
  • Close all doors and feel any exit doors for heat, if its hot - dont open it try another escape route.
  • If the house is filled with smoke / fumes crawl along the floor, if you become trapped try to seal the door with clothinf / bedding open a window.
  • If you plan to escape through a window dont jump, lower yourself / children, if possible throw bedding etc out to create a soft landing.
  • If you need to break a window use clothing or bedding to protect yourself form sharp edges.


External Links



Go to top