Have an escape plan

We know that during the current situation many people will be spending more time at home. It’s so important that you follow advice from authorities and it’s just as important to reduce the risk of fires in your home.

With more people staying in, there could be an increased risk of fire at home.

By following our simple fire safety tips you can help to reduce the risk of fire and help us to support communities through the Coronavirus outbreak.

1. Have an escape plan It’s important to have a good fire escape plan to make sure that if the worst does happen, everyone in your home can escape safely. There’s more information on escape plans here

2. Close all of your doors before bed

Establishing a regular bed-time routine before you go to bed each day will help keep you and your family safe from fire. Close all your internal doors to stop any fires spreading. More here.

3. Extinguish all naked flames before bed

As part of the above bed-time routine, always extinguish candles, cigarettes etc. before heading to bed.

4. Don’t leave cooking unattended

Most kitchen fires occur when people are distracted or leave things unattended. There’s also an increase in the risk of fire between 4pm – 10pm when people are preparing their evening meals. There’s lots of cooking safety advice here.

5. Never cook under the influence of alcohol

Never cook whilst under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication that causes drowsiness. If you’ve had a drink then order a takeaway or eat something that doesn’t require cooking.

6. Never leave electrical items switch on overnight and don’t overload sockets

Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adapters to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.

However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power. To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, you should never plug into an extension lead or socket appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3000 watts of energy.

Use the Electrical Safety First calculator to plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load, and to get useful tips on how to avoid overloading your sockets.

7. Drive within the speed limit, avoid distractions, be patient and wear your seatbelt

Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable. Please take extra care if you’re out on the roads. There’s loads of road safety information on our Road Safety Week Page.

8. Never smoke in bed and dispose of used cigarettes carefully

To reduce the risk of fire caused by smoker’s materials, smoke outside wherever possible and never smoke in bed. Also, avoid smoking when you feel drowsy or are adversely affected by alcohol or drugs.

Always check you have fully extinguished your cigarette when you have finished and dispose of it in an ashtray, preferably with a little water in the bottom. Never dispose of ash directly into a plastic container or bin and remember to regularly empty your ashtrays.

Avoid smoking if you regularly using paraffin based moisturisers, skin care or emollient creams.

If you are a smoker of e-cigarettes, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and only use chargers that have been recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t leave your e-cigarette charging overnight, for long periods of time or whilst you are out of the house. When your device is charged, always remove the charger from the power socket.

Finally, don’t keep loose e-cigarette batteries in your pocket and avoid allowing them coming into contact with keys, coins or other metallic objects.


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