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Fire safety

Fires in the home kill hundreds of people in the UK every year. Small fires are more common, but they can still cause serious injuries and damage homes and possessions.

Easy steps for fire safety

  • Test your smoke alarm once a week by pressing the test button and holding it until the alarm sounds
  • Change the battery in the alarm once a year, unless it is a 10 year alarm or connected to the mains
  • Make a fire action plan so everyone in your home knows how to escape if there is a fire
  • Keep doors and windows clear so that people can escape if there is a fire
  • Make sure the keys to doors and windows are easy to find
  • Be extra careful in the kitchen. More than half of fires in homes happen during cooking
  • Be extra careful when cooking with hot oil. Think about buying a deep fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat
  • Never leave candles lit in rooms no one is in, or in rooms where children are on their own
  • Make sure candles are in secure holders on a surface that doesn’t burn and are away from anything else that could catch fire from the candle flame.
  • Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are carefully thrown away
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Get into the habit of closing doors at night
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets and always switch off and unplug electrical appliances when they’re not in use
  • Keep matches and lighters where children can’t see or reach them
  • Be extra careful when you’re tired or have been drinking

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Fire advice for customers living in blocks of flats

If you would like a copy of the fire risk assessment for your communal block it can be requested by emailing