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Safety Advice

Serious house fires are thankfully quite rare. But if a fire does start, it can quickly cause a lot of damage and put the lives of you and your loved ones in danger.

Within these pages we have lots of information on how to keep safe from fire and other hazards. We have split the information into different categories, for ease of use:

  • Request a safety visit – this is where you can request a home safety check from our staff
  • Safety in the home – this section includes information about things such as smoke alarms, kitchen hazards and escape routes
  • Safety in the community – this section covers advice on things such as water and road safety
  • Partnerships – this section includes information on who our partner agencies are, and how we work with them
  • Safe and well referral scheme – this is where Safe & Well referral partners can make referrals
  • Latest safety work – this section includes information on our latest safety campaigns

As well as this, we have also collated some of our key advice below. By taking these few simple steps, you can massively reduce the likelihood of you suffering a fire.

Our top 10 tips for staying safe at home are:

  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home
  • Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. Please test smoke alarms weekly
  • Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
  • Never use a chip pan or any other pan filled with hot oil
  • Don’t overload electric sockets– most can only take a maximum of 13 amps
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children
  • Keep clothes well away from heaters and open fires
  • Put out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully
  • Don’t charge things like mobile phones, tablets or e-cigs overnight, or longer than the recommended charging time
  • Plan an escape route and make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out in the event of a fire

This content was last updated on June 29th, 2021