We work closely with our community to make Greater Manchester a safer place to live, work and visit.
With many of us now spending more time at home to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important that we do all we can to stay safe. You may be spending more time cooking, heating your home, using electrical appliances and lighting candles. There are plenty of ways to keep you and your family safe from the risk of fire at home.
- fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly
- fit smoke alarms on each level of your home - it's the simplest, single step you can take to cut the risk of dying from fire in your home
- test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week and change them every year - never remove them
Take care when cooking
More than half of accidental fires in the home start because of something to do with cooking.
Take extra care when cooking with hot oil and don't leave children alone in the kitchen when the hob or oven is on
Plan an escape route and make a bedtime check
Plan a route to escape your home if there is a fire and make sure everyone in the house knows the plan.
If there's a fire, don't tackle it yourself - get out, stay out and call 999.
Check for fire hazards in your home before you go to bed - it takes longer to become aware of a fire when you are asleep.
Don't overload sockets
Try to keep to one plug per socket - too many electrical appliances plugged into one socket can overload it, which can lead to overheating. Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can also be a real danger.
Cigarettes - Put them out, Right out...
More people die in fires caused by smoking than in fires caused by anything else.
Always stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully to avoid causing a fire if you smoke.
Use candles carefully
Candles, decorative lights and decorations are a growing cause of fires. Make sure candles are secured in a stable holder and kept away from curtains, fabrics and paper.
Always put candles out when you are leaving the room or going to bed.