Is your home safe against fire?

Check out some tips on how you can keep your home safe against fire

Did you know, in the year ending June 2019, 215 people lost their lives due to a fire at home?

You are around eight times more likely to die from a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm in your home.

Your safety is really important to us, so we wanted to share how you can keep your home safe against fire. These tips come from the government’s fire safety campaign, if you’d like to find out more click here.

The importance of your smoke alarm

  • Smoke alarms that work and are positioned correctly in your home can save your life

  • You should test your smoke alarms at least once a month

  • You shouldn’t put a smoke alarm in your kitchen or bathroom

  • You shouldn’t paint over a smoke alarm

  • You should have a plan for how you’d leave your home if your smoke alarms go off, and make sure everyone who lives there knows what it is


Sources of fire

  • Cooking is the main cause of fires at home

  • Every six days someone dies in a fire started by smoking materials

  • Two accidental fires a day are started by candles

  • Faulty electronics cause about 4,000 fires in the home each year


How to reduce the risk of fire in your home

  • Never leave children in a kitchen cooking unattended

  • Don’t pour water onto hot fat

  • Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order

  • Use plugs safely, don’t put too many in one socket

  • When you finish a cigarette make sure it is right out. Take care when putting out cigarettes on balconies, fire can still start outside

  • Put candles in a holder and keep them away from things that may burn, don’t leave them burning when you’re not in the room

  • Check your home is safe before going to bed

  • Consider putting a fire alarm on every floor of your home, but remember it will be your responsibility to maintain any additional fire alarms you have