You can reduce the risk of fire in your home by taking the following simple steps:
- Test your smoke alarm every week.
- Make a fire evacuation plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape.
- Be careful with candles. Keep them away from curtains, carpets, furniture, bedding and other flammable items.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Don’t leave cigarettes, pipes or candles unattended.
- Switch off the TV and other non-essential electrical equipment at the socket when not in use.
- Switch off heaters and cookers when you’re not using them.
- Don’t use or store devices that run on a gas cylinder.
- Check your cooker is turned off before you go to bed.
- Keep communal areas, fire exits and fire escapes clear of any obstructions at all times.
- Don’t prop fire doors open.
You should have at least one working alarm installed in your home.
A smoke alarm will alert you if there is a fire, improving your chances of escaping a fire unharmed.
If you don’t have a smoke alarm, please use the contact us form or phone us on 0300 373 3000.
If there is a fire
- Alert everyone in your home.
- Phone 999 and ask for the Fire Brigade. Tell them your address and where in the building the fire is.
- If possible, close the door to any room where fire is burning.
- Close your front door as you leave.
- Use the stairs. Never use the lift.
For more advice and ways to stay safe in your home, please go to the London Fire Brigade’s website.