Student Fire Safety
Start of the new term?
Please take 5 minutes and make yourself safer. Partying, smoking and drinking are all part and parcel of a student lifestyle, but this could put you at a higher risk of fire.
Home Fire Safety Checks
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service offer a targeted home fire safety check service.
During the home safety check, a Firefighter or a Community Safety Technician will visit your home and advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.
If you would like to see if you qualify for this service or if you would like to speak to someone for some advice then please telephone 0800 032 1155.
Did you know?
Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.
You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm. 55% of 18-24 year olds deaths in fires occurred through misuse of cooking appliances and careless handling of hot substances.
Cigarettes, smoking materials and candles have been the cause of 1,500 18-24 year olds injuries over the last 5 years.
Tips on keeping your accommodation safe
- Don't overload plug sockets
- Don't leave cooking unattended
- Never leave candles unattended
- If a fire starts get out, stay out and dial 999
- Practice an escape route with your housemates
- Check furniture has the permanent fire resistant label
- Take extra care with cigarettes and smoking materials. Don't smoke in bed and make sure you've extinguished your cigarette properly before you go to sleep.
- Do not attempt to cook whilst under the influence of alcohol
- Take extra care when frying with oil as this is an extremely common cause of fire. If one does occur NEVER put water on it as it will turn into a fireball.
- Fit smoke alarms on each level of the house. Test them weekly
- Switch off electrical appliances, like mobile chargers and hair straighteners, when not in use
- Keep candles away from flammable surfaces or textiles such as curtains, TV sets or bath tubs and never leave them unattended. Always remember to extinguish them properly before going to sleep.
- Secure portable heaters up against a wall, so they dont fall over. Keep them away from curtains and furnishings and never dry clothes on them.
- Know your escape route. Make sure you and your housemates know the quickest way out in the event of fire and consider an alternative route in case your usual one is blocked.
- In all properties the landlord must: Ensure gas appliances are installed and maintained annually by a corgi-registered plumber.
- Know your rights: landlords are responsible for supplying safe gas appliances and electrical wiring
Latest Government Fire Safety Campaign
Don't drown in toxic smoke - test your smoke alarm every week!
Click here to read our Press Release.