Fire safety

Follow these steps to help prevent the risk of fire in your home.

  • Keep matches away from children.
  • Avoid using chip pans and never leave them unattended.
  • Do not dry clothes around fires, heaters or cookers.
  • Do not block vents or grills on heaters.
  • Close doors at night.
  • Do not prop fire doors open.
  • Check smoke detectors are working regularly.
  • Do not overload plug sockets.
  • Unplug electrical appliances when not in use.
  • Do not block exits or escape routes.
  • Extinguish cigarettes properly and empty ash trays regularly.
  • Do not keep inflammable or explosive substances in your home.
  • Any work that affects your gas supply or appliances must be carried out by a qualified engineer registered with Gas Safe (

The Importance of smoke detectors

testing your smoke alarm

Smoke detectors save lives, so regularly check then and report any problems immediately.

The Fire Service recommends that you test your alarm weekly and replace the batteries once a year.

You should also clean smoke detectors regularly. Vacuuming them is a good way to do it.

Please remember that you are responsible for replacing the batteries.

For further advice on fire safety, contact your local fire station or visit