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Top safety tips

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Follow our safety tips

  • Fit one smoke alarm per floor of your home and check it weekly (introduce Test it Tuesday!)
  • Make an action plan so that everyone in your household knows how to escape in the event of a fire
  • Take care when cooking with hot oil; use a temperature-controlled deep fat fryer
  • Never leave lit candles unattended
  • Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Have your chimney swept regularly
  • Take extra care in the kitchen: cooking accidents account for 59% of fires in the home
  • Take care when you're tired or when you're been drinking: half of all deaths in domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am

Read our advice on fire safety for people with sight, hearing or mobility difficulties

Useful links

GOV UK Fire safety tips

Electrical Safety First – guidance on staying safe around the home from the Electrical Safety Council