Useful fire safety tips and advice

Reduce fire risks in your home by:

  • If you smoke, making sure your cigarette is put out fully and your ash trays are safely emptied
  • Keeping matches and/or lighters away from children
  • Taking extra care when cooking food  
  • Put fireguards around fires
  • Switching off any electrical equipment not being used (this will help save energy bills too)
  • Be careful with candles and not leaving any naked flames unattended

Remember smoke alarms save lives
Please don’t disconnect or remove your smoke alarm as it really could save your life.  

Did you know:

  • you are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you do not have a working smoke alarm fitted
  • faulty electrics cause around 7,000 house fires across the country every year
  • 18 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing.

Do you live in a flat?
The following additional fire safety tips could really help keep you and your family safe: 

  • Closing the fire doors between rooms in your flat  – don’t prop them open
  • Not covering or dismantling your smoke alarm
  • Giving us access to your flat if we need to repair your smoke alarm
  • Not cooking under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Never throwing water on a chip pan 
  • Not overloading electrical sockets
  • Not keeping petrol or flammables in your flat or on your balcony

Keep safe in your block by:

  • Not blocking fire escapes or communal areas with personal items such as bikes, mobility scooters or prams
  • Keeping your front door closed if you open up onto an internal communal area eg staircase, corridor
  • Not smoking in internal communal areas or blocks
  • Not having a barbecue on your balcony
  • Putting your rubbish in the bin areas provided rather than leaving it in communal areas
  • Not dumping large household items in communal or bin areas

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