Fire Safety In The Home

Home Fire Safety

Prevent a fire occurring:

Open Fires

  • Always keep a spark guard in front of an open fire.
  • Use a secure fire guard when children are in the room.
  • Avoid banking fires too high.
  • If you have a chimney fire call the fire brigade.

Portable Heaters

  • Keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture.
  • Keep portable heaters away from draughts
  • Never move a gas or oil heater when it is in use.
  • Never refill a hot oil heater.
  • Never use a portable heater for drying clothes.
  • Respect electricity
  • Check flexes for signs of wear regularly and replace if necessary.
  • Don't run flexes under carpets or rugs where they can be damaged.
  • Replace blown fuses with one of the correct rating.
  • Don't overload sockets - one socket, one plug is a safe rule.
  • Get a qualified electrician to carry out repairs.
  • Follow the manufacturers instructions for electric blankets.
  • Use socket covers if there are children in the house.

Gas Appliances

  • Always keep gas cylinders upright and switch off at the regulator when not in use.
  • Have adequate ventilation in all rooms where gas heaters are used.
  • Check flexible hoses regularly for signs of wear and have them replaced.
  • Store gas cylinders in the open air.
  • If you suspect a leak, do not switch on lighting or any electrical appliance, ventilate the area, switch off the gas at source, contact your gas supplier.


  • Never hang cloths directly over cookers or hobs.
  • Turn pot handles inwards on the hob.
  • Do not wear loose sleeves while cooking.
  • Use a thermostatically controlled chip pan.
  • Never overfill a chip pan.
  • Never leave a chip pan unattended.


  • Use proper ashtrays on a firm base.
  • Last thing at night check that a smouldering cigarette has not fallen into seating or onto carpets.
  • Never, never, never smoke in bed.


  • Never leave children alone in the house
  • Use secure fire guards in front of open fires.
  • Never allow children to throw anything on an open fire.
  • Keep children clear of the cooker when you are using it.
  • Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Use child proof socket covers.
  • Keep matches out of reach of children.


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