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Fire safety in the home

Bedtime checks

Many fire deaths happen at night, when most people are sleeping. You can further reduce your risk by carrying out some simple checks before you go to bed.

  • A closed door can help to stop flames and smoke from spreading to other rooms, giving you and your family more time to escape
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on – like your fridge or freezer
  • Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher switched on
  • Don’t leave mobile phones, tablets or e-cigarettes charging overnight
  • Check your cooker is turned off
  • Turn heaters off, rake out fires and put a fire guard in place
  • Put candles, incense sticks and oil burners out and never leave them burning when you are asleep
  • Make sure cigarettes are completely out. It’s best to wet them to be sure
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Escape routes should be kept clear of anything that may slow your escape down
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone you live with can find them
  • If you or anyone else in the home has mobility issues, ensure mobility aids and methods of calling for help are close to hand (e.g link line pendants) in case they are needed to assist with an escape.