Every year 200 people die and 2,000 people are injured across
Britain in fires that start in living rooms*. So, before you sit
comfortably, read our top tips for staying safe in your lounge.
- Don't use electrical appliances with damaged cables;
- Don't overload sockets;
- Ensure your extension cable is in good condition and has the
correct fuse for the appliance;
- REMEMBER unplug electrical appliances if you are not using
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Heaters and Fires
- When drying clothes keep them a safe distance from heaters and
- All fires and heaters should have guards.
- Always position heaters so the back is against a wall and they
are facing a room. If possible, secure them to the wall to prevent
them from falling over.
- Switch heaters off if you're not in the room and also when you
go to bed.
- Portable gas heaters should have the cylinders stored and
changed outside or in a well ventilated atmosphere.
- Both gas and paraffin heaters should only be used in a well
ventilated area. They consume oxygen from the atmosphere and can
cause death by asphyxiation (suffocation), if not adequately
information on heaters and fires >>
- Always stand candles in a flame proof container. Never place
lit candles near flammable material or where they can be knocked
- Always extinguish candles when leaving the room.
- It only takes a moment's distraction for a fire to start - so
keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
safety information on candles >>
- Empty waste bins regularly;
- Beware of trip hazards on the floor;
- Keep drinks and other liquids well away from electrical
- Never place a mirror over a fire;
- Check that your furniture has the fire resistant permanent
Smoking - Safety Tips
- Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a
- Remember that cigarettes are hotter than you think and can burn
in temperatures of over 700 degrees!
our essential tips on staying safe whilst smoking
For more information about fire safety or to book a FREE home
fire risk assessment visit our
Home Saftey Check section.