Fire Safety in the home
In 2020 /21 there were a total of 27,021 fires reported in dwellings, 24,362 of which were accidental. As shocking as the statistics are, it is important to acknowledge that over the last few years, fire incidents are gradually decreasing at a steady rate, down from 28,499 the previous year
- Around half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents.
- Two fires a day are started by candles.
- Every six days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.
- About two fires a day are started by heaters.
- Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause around 6,000 fires in the home across the country every year.
Protect your home with smoke alarms
The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms. Get them. Install them. Test them. They could save your life.
- Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
- Smoke alarms are cheap and easy to install.
- They are available from DIY stores, electrical shops and most high street supermarkets.
- There are a variety of different models to choose from. Your local fire and rescue service will be happy to give you advice on which one is best suited for you.
- Look out for one of these symbols, which shows the alarm is approved and safe.
- Ten-year sealed battery smoke alarms are the best option. They are slightly more expensive, but you save on the cost of replacing batteries.
What to do if there is a fire
- Don’t tackle fires yourself. Leave it to the professionals.
- Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.
- Don’t waste time investigating what’s happened or rescuing valuables.
- If there’s smoke, keep low where the air is clearer.
- Before you open a door check if it’s warm. If it is, don’t open it – fire is on the other side.
- Call 999 as soon as you’re clear of the building. 999 calls are free.
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