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Fire kills - how can you stay safe?

It is no secret that fire kills, but did you know that last year 248 people lost their lives due to a fire at home? Many of these deaths could have been prevented.

Fire in your home can start from something as simple as a candle, cooking left unattended, hanging clothes on electric heaters, overloaded plugs and even a cigarette.

There are some simple steps you can take to ensure your home is a safe place for you and your family:

  • install smoke alarms on every level of your home and make sure you can hear them throughout your home
  • test your smoke alarms monthly – they could save your life, but only if they are working
  • offer to test the smoke alarms of an older family member, neighbour or friend who needs help
  • plan and practise how you’d escape in a fire and have a plan B
  • most accidental fires start in the kitchen, so take care and never leave cooking unattended
  • don’t overload plug sockets and adapters – watch out for loose wiring, scorch marks, and hot plugs and sockets
  • keep heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them to dry clothes
  • never smoke in bed, use deep ashtrays to prevent cigarettes from rolling out and don’t throw hot ash into waste bins
  • stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully – put it out, right out

Watch this video to see the steps you can take to prevent an accidental fire in the home.

Did you know you are over 7 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there are no working smoke alarms? They only take a moment to test but they give you and your family the best chance of surviving a fire.

You can book a free home visit from the London Fire Brigade for personalised advice on how to keep your home safe from a fire, they can also help with fitting free smoke alarms. Book a free home visit here.