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We want to help you keep everyone in your home and outdoor space safe, and that's why we're reminding people about the importance of having working smoke alarms on every floor of the home. Don't forget to test them regularly to make sure they're working properly.

Without a smoke alarm, you won't be alerted to a fire, and that's why it's so important to check for fire hazards before bedtime.

Here are some easy steps to follow:

  • 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

Staying safe outside

Whether it’s in your garden, yard or balcony space, there are several ways you can stay safe and enjoy the summer sun.

Stay hydrated: Whether you're just enjoying the outdoors or engaging in physical activity, it's important to stay hydrated. Always carry enough water and drink regularly throughout the day.

Use sun protection: Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses can protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply it every few hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming.

Watch for hazards: Be aware of potential hazards in your outdoor space, such as uneven terrain, sharp objects, and slippery surfaces. Always wear appropriate footwear to avoid falls and injuries.

Respect the environment: Always practice Leave No Trace principles when you're outside. Dispose of rubbish properly and respect wildlife and natural habitats.

Plan to cook outside: If you’re planning on having a barbecue in your garden or in the countryside follow our top safety tips below.

Did you know?

BBQs can stay hot for hours, so be really careful moving them. They also give off carbon monoxide fumes for several hours after they go out, so don't bring them indoors, or into a tent, with you.

Read further safety advice by visiting our safety pages below.