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Fire Safety in Your Home

Fire kills and injures people in their homes every year. Even small fires can cause extensive damage to property and possessions.

Most fires at home start by accident, by following our Top Tips for Fire Safety you can protect yourself, your family and your home from fire.

Remember, if there’s a fire in your home – get out, stay out and call 999. Don’t try to tackle it by yourself.

Top Tips for Fire Safety

Make sure fires and heaters are guarded, especially open fires.
Don’t dry or air clothes over or near a fire or the cooker.
Keep portable heaters and candles away from furniture and curtains and make sure they are positioned so they cannot be knocked over.
Children should always be kept away from naked flames and make sure that matches or lighters are well out of reach.
Be careful not to put anything which can burn (paint, paper, material etc) next to any heat source, even if there is no flame.
Close all doors when you go to bed. Remember, fire doors are there to stop smoke and flames spreading - always keep them closed, never prop them open with anything.
Faulty electrical equipment is a common cause of fires. Check electrical equipment regularly, especially electrical flexes/cords.
Don’t use an appliance with a damaged lead or overload sockets with adaptors.
Use aerosols or adhesives in a well ventilated place and keep away from flames, sparks or heat.
Keep the back of TV sets away from curtains and soft furnishings.
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