Page last updated 13 September 2013
Fire kills - you can prevent it 

Home Fire Safety

Fire safety advice in the home

Always remember, if fire breaks out, - get out, stay out, and call 999 - don't try to fight a fire yourself.

How safe is your home from fire?

A fire can start very easily and can spread with speed, therefore you need to have an escape route planned.

Visit the fireservice.co.uk safety page for further information on fire safety in the home, alternatively visit the official Facebook page of the Government's Fire Kills Campaign.

Home fire safety check

We encourage all residents to undertake a home fire safety checks and ensure they have working smoke alarms.

You may be able to request a home fire safety check. Please complete our online form below:

We can give you advice on:

  • how to make your home safer
  • what to do in the event of a fire
  • what to do if you are trapped by a fire

We are currently dealing with a very high volume of requests, and therefore priority is being offered to residents who require our assistance.

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.

Smoke alarms save lives

Whether you're at home, at work or outside, we want to help you keep safe from fire.  Prevention is better than cure.

If you are experiencing any problems with an existing smoke alarm fitted by the fire service - visit the smoke alarm guidance page for assistance. 

Are you overloading your sockets and putting your home at risk 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.

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