Staying Safe at Home
Follow this advice to help stay safe at home
- In the event of a fire in your home, get everyone out, stay out and call 999.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, and test them once a week. The ideal position is on the ceiling, as near as possible to the centre of the room, hallway or landing.
- Prepare and practise an escape plan to help you act quickly if there’s a fire in your home. Keep your escape route clear, and make sure everyone - including guests, babysitters and childminders - knows where door and window keys are kept.
- The best escape route is the normal way in and out of your home. Think of a second route in case the first one is blocked.
- Keep the oven, hob, grill and toaster clean and in good working order.
- Never leave cooking unattended. Check you have switched the cooker and oven off before you go out.
- Don't cook if you've been drinking alcohol or taking medication.
- Keep tea towels, cloths and electrical leads away from the oven and hob area.
- Take extra care when cooking with oil as it can catch fire easily.
- Don't overload electrical sockets - keep to one plug per socket.
- Unplug electrical appliances and chargers when you're not using them and when you go to bed.
- Look out for signs of dangerous or loose wiring, such as scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, flickering lights, fuses that blow or circuit breakers that trip for no obvious reason.
- Keep appliances clean and in good working order. For example, regularly remove lint from tumble dryer filters.
- Take extra care with cigarettes and candles. Don't smoke in bed, use proper holders for candles and don't leave them burning unattended.