Reduce Fire Risk

Watching this short video and reading this page could save your life. In case of fire call 999.

You are at least four times more likely to die in a fire in your home if you have no working smoke alarm.

Making your home safe and be prepared

Here are some tips from the Fire Brigade:

  • Fit smoke alarms if you don’t already have one – for £5 it could save a life.
  • Keep your smoke alarms free of dust (suggestion: use a vacuum cleaner)
  • Test your smoke alarm once a week.
  • Make a fire action plan so everyone in your home knows how to escape if there is a fire.
  • Keep the exits from your home clear, so that people can escape.
  • Make sure everyone in your home can easily find keys for doors and windows.
  • Get into the habit of closing doors at night. If you want to keep a child’s bedroom door open, close the doors to the lounge and kitchen, it may well help save their life if there is a fire.

Prevention – most common fire hazards

In the Kitchen

  • Take extra care in the kitchen – accidents while cooking account for over half of fires in the home.
  • Never throw water on a small kitchen flames. Use a wet tea towel to smother the fire.
  • Never leave young children alone in the kitchen.
  • Take extra care when cooking with hot oil and consider using a deep fat fryer as this is controlled by a thermostat.
  • Remember to turn off your cooker or hob and remove pans once you have finished cooking. Fires can easily start when dishes/pans are left to overheat over a long time.

Electrical fires

  • Don’t overload electrical sockets.
  • Don’t leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby as this could cause a fire.
  • Always switch off and unplug electrical appliances when they’re not in use.
  • Keep electrics away from water.
  • Don’t put anything metal in the microwave.


  • Never leave lit candles in rooms when nobody is there or in rooms where children are on their own.
  • Make sure candles are in secure holders on a surface that does not burn and away from materials that could burn.


  • Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and disposed of carefully and never smoke in bed.
  • Keep matches and lighters where children cannot see or reach them.
  • Take special care when you are tired or when you’ve been drinking.
  • Avoid putting stubs down land drains or vents.

Fire Risk

Often we do not realise that we are causing a fire hazard. These examples can increase the risk of fire:

  • Leaving a push bike in the corridor of a block of flats
  • Storing a pram in the stairwell
  • Putting your rubbish in the communal hallway overnight before collection,

It is equally dangerous to store rubbish or other inflammable materials outside against the walls of your home or next to any garden or boundary fencing.
All these hazards are easy to avoid. By keeping communal areas and stairwells clear and disposing of rubbish properly, you are helping to keep you, your family and neighbours safe.