Staff promoting fire safety

Stay safe at home

Make sure you have working smoke alarms fitted

Most fires at home start accidentally – and the effects can be devastating. Smoke alarms provide an early warning allowing vital time for you to escape. They really do save lives.

You can call us on 0800 169 1234 to register for a safe and well check - more information here

Use this bedtime safety check to help prevent a fire in your home

You are almost three times more likely to be killed in a fire that starts during the night.

  • Switch off and unplug all appliances. (Only leave on those appliances that are designed to be left on - for example, freezers, fridges and clock radios.)
  • Check that the oven, grill and hob are switched off.
  • Don't leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher running overnight (they are a fire risk because of their high wattage, friction and motors).
  • Turn off all gas and electric heaters, and put a guard in front of an open fire.
  • Check that candles are out before leaving a room, never leave one unattended.
  • Make sure that any cigarettes, cigars and pipes have been put out properly, and never smoke in bed. You could fall asleep and accidentally set fire to your bedding.
  • Close all doors. By shutting doors you can protect your escape route from fire. This is particularly important in homes where you would not be able to escape from a window, for example if you live in a high-rise flat.
  • Turn off your electric blanket before getting into bed.
  • Before buying nightwear, visit www.dti.gov.uk for guidance on labelling. A label that reads 'low flammability' does not indicate a completely flameproof product.
  • Check that your escape route is clear of obstacles and make sure window and door keys are easily accessibly.

There is lots of advice on how to stay safe at home on our website here - follow our tips on cooking safely, e-cigarette safety, electrical safety, safety with drugs and alcohol.

Click below to view short clips on how to stay safe in your home

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