Top ways to reduce your risk of having a fire at home

There are many ways you can reduce the risk of fire in your home. We attend 973 house fires a year on average.

Learn how to reduce the risks in your home and lower the chances of having a fire.
 

Our home safety technician educating toddler about electrical safety
Our home safety technician educating toddler about electrical safety

Top five biggest fire risks in the home 

Reduce the chances of a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher causing a fire

  • Never leave an appliance such as a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher running when you are out, or asleep. If it starts to smoke or a small fire breaks out and you’re in the house, you can call the fire service who can deal with the fire before it develops. This will reduce the risk of it causing more serious damage to your whole home.

  • Use one socket per appliance. All of these appliances are powerful and use a lot of electricity, so should never be used with extension leads or multi-plug sockets. This will overload the socket and could cause a fire.

  • Clear out the lint from your tumble dryer after every use. Follow the manufacturers’ guidelines for cleaning and maintenance.

What to do if there's a fire

  1. Get out of the building, closing any doors behind you.

  2. Stay out of the building. 

  3. Call 999 and ask for the fire service.

Themes in accidental fire deaths 2013-2017

Report into accidental fire deaths in the south west.

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