Fire safety checklist

Use our fire safety checklist to help make you and your family safer at home. We recommend using this checklist in each room of your house to help make sure everything is covered.

Alarms and equipment

  • Make sure you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Can you set a calendar reminder?
  • Have a carbon monoxide alarm in every room where there is a fuel-burning appliance.

Escape plans

  • You should make sure you have a clear escape plan so everyone in the household knows what to do in the event of a fire.
  • You can also practise the escape plan to help remember it.

Electrical safety

  • Never leave appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines or tumble dryers running when you’re out of the house, or asleep.
  • Use extension leads carefully. Be aware of the total load on each plug. Never use powerful appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines or tumble dryers on a multi-plug extension lead. Don't use block plug adapters.
  • Always switch off electrical items when they’re not in use.
  • When using chargers only use the charger that came with your device. Charge on a hard, non-flammable surface. Never leave charging devices unattended.
  • Only use laptops on a hard surface.
  • Use heaters safely and never cover them or dry clothes on them. If you are drying clothes, keep them away from the heater.

Read more about electrical safety.