The Home Office is re-launching the Fire Kills campaign as part of the on-going commitment to help prevent fatalities and injuries from accidental fire. In 2018/19, 215 people lost their lives due to a fire at home. You are around 8 times more likely to die from a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm in your home.
Would your smoke alarm save you?
- Working smoke alarms correctly positioned in your home can save your life.
- Make sure you test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
- Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including in each bedroom.
- Do not put a smoke alarm in a kitchen or bathroom.
- Don’t ever paint over a smoke alarm.
- Have a plan for how you’d leave your home if your smoke alarms go off, and make sure everyone in your home knows what it is.
Cut the risk of fire in your home
- Never leave children in a kitchen cooking unattended – ideally, always stay in the kitchen, especially if you’re cooking with fat.
- Do not pour water onto hot fat.
- Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order to prevent them triggering a fire.
- Use plugs safely – too many in one socket can start a fire.
- When you finish a cigarette make sure it is right out – take special care when putting out cigarettes on balconies – just because you are outside doesn’t stop a fire starting.
- 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.
- A lot of fires start at night – do some checks before you go to bed.
Check out the GOV.UK website for more handy tips and information on staying fire safe in your home.