Page last updated 08 December 2016
Fire kills - you can prevent it 

Home Fire Safety

How safe is your home from fire?

A fire can start very easily and can spread with speed. We recommend that you follow the basic fire safety steps below:

  • Fit a smoke alarm on each floor of your home - it will give you an early warning of fire
  • Test it monthly - only a working smoke alarm can save your life
  • Make a fire escape plan - the whole family needs to know what to do if you smoke alarm goes off
  • Make a bedtime check - switch off electrical items and shut internal doors last thing at night
  • If you do have a fire, remember to get out, stay out and call 999 for the Fire Service - don't try to fight a fire yourself

If you need further information and advice please visit for further information on fire safety in the home. Alternatively visit the official Facebook page of the Government's Fire Kills Campaign.

Smoke alarms can save lives

For specific advice about types of smoke alarms and the best place to fit them, visit

If you are experiencing any problems with an existing smoke alarm fitted by the fire service, visit the smoke alarm guidance page for assistance.  If you are experiencing problems with an alarm not fitted by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, please refer to the manufacturer instructions, if you have them or replace the alarm.

Advice for people who rent their homes

If you rent your home, your landlord has certain responsibilities for gas and fire safety.

New Laws

From 01 October 2015 new regulations came into force requiring landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.  The new safety laws make it compulsory for all landlords to:

  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their premises
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance
  • Check that all alarms are working when a new tenant starts - with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they do not comply

Tenants are required to check the alarms are in working order and notify the landlord if there are any problems.  To help landlords comply with the new regulations, the Government provided Fire and Rescue Services with a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out to relevant landlords.  These can be requested by contacting us.  

See the Alarms 4 Life website for further information.

If you share a house or flat with other tenants, your landlord is likely to have extra legal responsibilities. Visit Shelter's fire safety page for further information.

Home fire safety check

We offer and prioritise home fire safety checks for people who are unable to help themselves or who need specialist advice. During these visits we can give tailor made advice about the following:

  • Preventing common fires
  • What to do if a fire starts and the best escape plan
  • Smoke alarms and smoke alarm testing

In some circumstances we may be able to install a smoke detector for you. 

If you would like to request a home fire safety check please complete one of the following online forms below:

Please note that data may be shared with other agencies as per the countywide Information Sharing Statement. For more details on information sharing and partner organisations, please visit the Northamptonshire Analysis website.

Who will carry out your home fire safety check?

  • We will always inform you of who will be attending your home for a pre-booked appointment.
  • If you are approached as a result of 'direct engagement' in your area please be assured that all our staff will wear a valid service ID card.  These can be checked with the service by contacting us.
  • We are working in partnership with the British Red Cross and Age Concern.  They may contact you to carry out your home fire safety check on our behalf.

Electrical Safety - Are you overloading your sockets and putting your home at risk of fire?

This is a common cause of fire. Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors. Although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power.

Use the Electrical Safety Council's online calculator so you can plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load, and to get useful tips on how to avoid overloading your sockets. Further electrical safety advice is available on the Electrical Safety First website .

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