Stay safe and get a smoke alarm

Do you have a working smoke alarm at home?

If not you are four times more likely to die if a fire starts in your home.

226 people die each year because of fires in their homes, caused by smoking materials, cooking, candles and other things such as faulty electrical wiring or appliances.

A few simple steps can help you reduce the risk of fire in your home:

  1. Fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home
  2. Test your smoke alarms weekly and never remove the batteries
  3. Make sure you put cigarettes out properly and never smoke in bed
  4. Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows it, as well as where door and window keys are kept.

For more tips on fire safety, pick up a copy of our fire safety leaflet from your local office or download it here.

Get a free home safety check and smoke alarm

Your local fire service provides free home safety checks. In many areas, this includes fitting a free smoke alarm.

Fire service staff will help you to spot possible dangers and offer advice on how to make your home safer. They can also help you develop an escape plan. These checks are particularly helpful for older or disabled people.

To ask for a free fire safety visit, just contact your local fire service:

London Fire Brigade

Contact your local fire safety centre

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service

0800 587 6679

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

01296 744477

Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

01865 842999

In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999. Don’t attempt to tackle a fire yourself.