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Fire safety at home

How to request a safe and well visit.

If you are a victim of a fire it can be a distressing and a devastating experience. Wiping out your possessions, leaving you with thousands of pounds worth of damage to your home or even worse you or your family injured or dead. Take a few moments to check out our fire safety pages for advice and tips on how to make yourself and your home safety.

Request a safe and well visit

If you are concerned about your fire safety and would like to know if you are eligible for a free home fire risk check.

Refer someone for a safe and well visit

If you have fire safety concerns about anyone you know or work with, you can make a Safer and Wellbeing referral.

Smoke alarms

Did you know that you are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you do not have a working smoke alarm? A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert everyone in the house to the danger of fire, giving you precious time for you and your loved ones to escape. They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.

Make an escape plan

Would you and your family know what to do if you had a fire in your home night? It can be difficult to think clearly in an emergency, make sure you have an escape plan.

Top ten tips

Find the out what are the 365alive top ten tips that will help you keep fire safe are.

Portable heaters

Portable heaters provide solutions to heating in multiple locations. They are quick and simple to operate and will provide good service if they are used carefully and sensibly However, any type of portable heater can start a fire if it is misused.

Gas safety

Gas boilers and cookers are used every day for hot baths, showers and cooking meals, also in winter gas fires and central heating are used to keep warm. It is essential that you keep your gas appliances regularly serviced.

Carbon Monoxide

More than 50 people die from Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas poisoning every year. It is a silent killer because it has no smell or taste. Fit a Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home, this will provide you with an early warning system in case there is a Carbon Monoxide gas build up in your home.


Candles, nightlights and tea lights can create a relaxing and pleasing ambience around your home.  They are often used in celebrations for Christmas, Diwali and other festivals however they are a growing cause of fires across the UK. Remember that it only takes one candle to put your home at risk, always take care when using them.


Did you know that more than 50% of accidental fires at home are started by cooking? Many kitchen fires start when you are not paying attention or if you leave things unattended.


Chimney fires can have serious results in houses. We strongly recommended that you have your chimney swept.


A thatched roof is always at risk from fire. Once a fire has taken hold in a thatch it will spread rapidly.


Did you know that more people die in fires caused by smoking than in fires resulting from any other single cause? This is because tobacco is designed to stay lit, which is why cigarettes can so easily start an accidental fire.

Electrical safety

Just because there are no flames, doesn’t mean there isn't a fire risk. Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger. There are particular danger signs to look out for on all electrical items you have around your home.

Bedtime checks

When you are sleeping it takes longer to wake up to the signs of a fire and if you don’t have a working smoke alarm there will be nothing to wake you up. Get into the habit of completing a bedtime check.

Reducing the risks for children

Did you know that fires account for nearly half of all accidental child deaths?  Or that 6,000 fires a year are caused by children under the age if 10? As a parent you always want to make sure your children are safe. This includes teaching them how to prevent a fire and what to do if there is one.

Last reviewed
03 November 2016

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