You are around 10 times more likely to die from a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm in your home.
Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
Would your smoke alarm save you?
Get the facts:
- fit smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including in each bedroom
- working smoke alarms correctly positioned in your home can save your life
- have a plan for how you’d leave your home if your smoke alarms go off – make sure everyone in your home knows what it is
- do not put a smoke alarm in a kitchen or bathroom
- do not paint over a smoke alarm
- you need to replace smoke alarms every 10 years
Did you know?
- cooking appliances are the main cause of fires in the home
- around 5 accidental dwelling fires a day are started by smoking
- faulty electrical appliances cause over 3,500 fires in the home each year
- nearly 3 accidental dwelling fires a day are caused by candles
- never put a smoke alarm in a kitchen or bathroom
Fire safety – it only takes one accident to start a fire
Fire safety – it only takes one accident to start a fire (audio described version)
Cut the risk of fire in your home
Top tips for reducing fire risk in your home:
- take pans off the heat or turn them down if you need to leave the kitchen while cooking
- always stay in the kitchen when cooking, especially if you’re cooking with fat – never leave children in a kitchen cooking unattended
- keep matches and saucepan handles out of the reach of children
- keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
- keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order to prevent them triggering a fire
- use one plug per socket
- keep heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes
- stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
- put candles in a holder and keep them away from things that may burn – never leave them burning when you’re not in the room
- if your clothes catch fire, remember stop, drop and roll
- a lot of fires start at night – do some checks before you go to bed
If a fire starts, get out, stay out, call 999. Do not tackle fires yourself – leave it to the professionals.