You are around 9 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.

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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

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

Fire safety – a fire can start in any room

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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
  • never leave children in a kitchen cooking unattended – ideally, always stay in the kitchen, especially if you’re cooking with fat
  • 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
  • in the event of a fire, get out, stay out, call 999 – do not tackle fires yourself – leave it to the professionals
  • 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.

For more information on how you can keep you and your household safe from fire, visit the Fire England website.

Download our guides to staying fire safe in the home.