It only takes one accident to start a fire

IT ONLY TAKES ONE ACCIDENT TO START A FIRE. ARE YOU SURE YOUR SMOKE ALARMS ARE WORKING? TEST YOURS NOW!

Last year, 248 people lost their lives due to a fire at home. Many of these could have been prevented. Everyday fire risks are present in our homes. Well-known risks include candles and cooking left unattended, covered electrical heaters, overloaded plugs, and cigarettes.

Stay safe from fire in the home.

Here are a few ways to keep you and your family, friends and neighbours safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and make sure you can hear them throughout your home
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly – they could save your life, but only if they are working
  • Offer to test the smoke alarms of an older family member, neighbour or friend who needs help
  • Plan and practise how you’d escape in a fire and have a plan B
  • Most accidental fires start in the kitchen, so take care and never leave cooking unattended
  • Don’t overload plug sockets and adapters – watch out for loose wiring, scorch marks, and hot plugs and sockets
  • Keep heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them to dry clothes
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully – put it out, right out

By following these quick and simple steps, we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused by accidental fires.

Did you know?

  • You are over 7 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there are no working smoke alarms
  • Smoke alarms only take a moment to test but they give you and your family the best chance of surviving a fire

For more information on Fire Safety visit:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-safety-guidance#fire-safety-guidance-for-inside-and-outside-the-home