Test your smoke alarms regularly

  • Test all battery-powered smoke alarms in your home once a week.
  • Put in new batteries when they run out.
  • If you're not sure how to test yours, please get in touch.

Make it easy to get out

  • Keep the exits in your home clear so it's quick and easy to get out.
  • Make sure the door and window keys are easy to find.
  • Know where your fire escape staircases are and it they're nearer than the main staircase.
  • Decide on the easiest way out of your home and outside. Make sure everyone knows what it is and what the fire procedure for your building is.

Keep self-closing doors closed

  • Don't wedge self-closing doors open - these help stop smoke and fire spreading.

Use electrical equipment with care

  • Switch off and unplug electrical equipment before you go to bed, except things like fridges and freezers.
  • Don't plug too many things into any socket.
  • If an electrical lead is frayed, get it repaired.
  • If a plug or socket is hot or scorched get it checked by a qualified electrician.
  • If an electrical fire starts in your home, pull out the plug at the wall or switch off the power at the fuse box.
  • Never pour water on electrical appliances or on a fire that's been caused by an electrical appliance.
  • For peace of mind, use BS-rated electrical appliances.

Take care when cooking

  • Most fires start in the kitchen, so take extra care here.
  • Never leave pans with hot oil or other fat on the cooker if you're not watching them.
  • If the oil or fat starts burning, don't throw water on it. Turn off the heat and get out.
  • Keep children out of the kitchen when you're cooking.
  • If a fire starts in the oven, switch it off and keep the door closed.
  • Double check your cooker and oven are off when you're finished cooking.

Be prepared

Read the government's guide to fire safety.