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You are twice as likely to survive a fire at home if you have a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape.

To help prevent fires occurring through the night, it is important to check your home for fire hazards before you go to bed.

Make sure you:

  • Check the cooker is turned off
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances (unless they are meant to be left on, like your fridge-freezer)
  • Avoid using household appliances such as washing machines or tumble dryers whilst you are asleep
  • Put candles and cigarettes out properly
  • Turn heaters off and put up fireguards
  • Make sure exits are kept clear
  • Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them

Find out more safety advice through our webpages and in the PDF version of our Home Fire Safety Booklet.