Taking basic precautions, such as fitting a smoke alarm or keeping shared areas clear can help reduce the risk of fire in your home.
Here are some ways you can make your environment safer:
- Be very careful if you are using a Calor Gas heater - do not leave it on when you go out
- Be careful when getting rid of cigarette ends - make sure they are properly put out
- Keep an eye on pans on the cooker and take care when cooking with hot oil
- Turn off electric sockets when you are not using them.
Smoke alarms are a basic fire safety precaution. You'll need to change the batteries when necessary, otherwise the alarm will not work.
You can find more information on fire prevention on the Fire kills website.
Keep shared areas clear
For the safety of all residents in shared properties, do not leave any goods or belongings (particularly things that could catch fire) in the shared areas.
The shared staircase and hall are usually the main escape routes so you shouldn't leave anything that could block the way if someone is trying to get out, in the case of a fire or other disaster. Leaving items blocking the escape routes through shared areas is against the law.