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Our goal is to help you keep everyone in your home safe. That's why we're reminding people about the importance of having a working smoke alarm on every floor of the home. Don't forget to test them regularly to make sure they're functioning properly. We're also promoting the importance of sharing this with relatives and neighbours, especially those who may need more support.

Safety in the home advice Smoke alarm fitting

Sarah Wilkinson, Head of Prevention, shared: "Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, through its managers and staff, is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of those under its care, including vulnerable groups such as children, young people, and adults in need. Quick safety checks during visits to relatives or neighbours can significantly improve their safety.

“It's important to note that having a working smoke alarm can double your chances of survival in case of a fire. Therefore, it's vital to make sure they are regularly checked, alongside following our other safety tips to keep everyone safe in their homes."

How you can help:

  • Offer to check that your neighbour’s smoke alarm is working; push the button and make sure the alarm sounds.
  • If your neighbour smokes, remind them to never smoke in bed or when tired and always ensure cigarettes are fully extinguished in a proper ashtray.
  • Remind your neighbour never to leave cooking unattended and ensure the cooker is turned off before leaving the house or going to bed. Having a timer is a good reminder to turn the cooker off once finished cooking.

Here are more things you can do to help keep everyone safe in your home:

  • Always turn off the cooker when you're finished using it.
  • Remember to unplug appliances when you're not using them (except for things like your freezer!).
  • Try not to use washing machines or other appliances when you're asleep.
  • Make sure to put out candles and cigarettes properly.
  • Turn off heaters and use fireguards before bedtime.
  • Keep exits clear so you can escape quickly if needed.
  • Close doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.
  • Keep keys to doors and windows where everyone can find them.

If you have any concerns about a neighbour or relative, find out if they are eligible for a free home safety visit, where our staff can provide more support and guidance.