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Use extra time at home wisely – develop and follow a fire safety check list

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With the prospect of many more people working or self-isolating at home over the coming weeks Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is encouraging homeowners and those renting to follow its home fire safety check list.

A fire in the home can occur at any time, without warning. Even with the best precautions in place, no property is immune from the risks of fire and the often irreversible devastation and heartbreak it can cause. Just by following and enforcing these simple regular checks will help to ensure that you and your family are kept as safe as possible.


  • Regularly clean ovens, microwaves and stoves
  • Ensure that no flammable items are housed near hot surfaces
  • Make sure appliance cords are not left trailing or dangling

Living Room

  • Keep fireplaces clear of debris and dirt
  • Ensure any candles are out of reach of children, flammable materials and plants


  • Ensure entrances to children’s bedrooms are clear of toys that could hinder exit
  • Don’t overload outlets with too many plugs


  • Test all smoke alarms regularly, and ensure your children can recognise the sound it makes and what it means
  • Pick a safe place for the family to meet in the event of a fire
  • Conduct a family fire drill at least once a year
  • Monitor fire doors and check they are always kept closed and obstruction-free
  • Place evacuation plans in prominent places


  • Check and maintain your electrical system regularly to apprehend faults before they become a problem
  • Store combustible materials away safely in well-ventilated areas