Preventing fires in your home
Fire safety is everyone's responsibility.
There are some easy ways to prevent fires in your home. Information includes:
- electrical equipment
- candles and cigarettes
- kitchen and cooking
- mobility scooters and e-scooters
- checks you should complete.
You should not:
- overload sockets with plugs
- use multiple extension cords plugged into each other
- placing clothes over heaters.
You should also check wires and equipment for signs of wear and damage, such as exposed wires.
- place candles and tea lights in a suitable holder and away from materials that can burn
- never leave a candle unattended
- make sure cigarettes are out before disposing of them
- use an ashtray that will not tip over or allow the cigarette to roll out of it
- keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- take care if you're cooking with oil
- not leave children in the kitchen alone when cooking food.
You should not charge or store any mobility or e-scooter in communal areas. This is because it can:
- cause a fire risk
- block emergency fire exit routes causing residents to be unable to evacuate safety.
Make sure any equipment needed for charging is charged safely and use the right equipment.
- check smoke alarms are working at least once a week
- ensure everyone knows where the exit routes are
- keep hallways and communal areas clear from items such as prams and rubbish
- keep any fire doors closed
- report any broken fire doors for repair.