Home Office release 7 top fire safety tips

Fire Kills Home Office

Last year, 248 people lost their lives due to a fire at home. To help prevent more fires, the Home Office have issued the following advice to help you, your family and your friends stay safe:

  1. If you are in rented accommodation, your landlord must ensure your home has at least one smoke alarm on every level of your property. Make sure you can hear the alarms throughout your home
  2. As a tenant, it is your responsibility to test your smoke alarms. Test your alarms monthly – they could save your life, but only if they are working
  3. Plan and practise how you’d escape in a fire and have a plan B
  4. Most accidental fires start in the kitchen, so take care and never leave cooking unattended
  5. Don’t overload plug sockets and adapters – watch out for loose wiring, scorch marks, and hot plugs and sockets
  6. Keep heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them to dry clothes
  7. Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully – put it out, right out

Did you know, two fires a day are started by candles?

(Home Office, Fire Safety in the Home leaflet)

For more fire safety information, you can visit the Fire Kills webpages. You might also find the information on Fire Safety in Shared or Rented Accommodation helpful.

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