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Reducing fire risk

Over 200 people in England die each year in fires in their homes.  These are often caused by smoking materials, cooking accidents, candles and faulty electrical appliances - especially heaters - and wiring.

These simple steps can reduce the risk of fire and keep everyone safer:

  • Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home

  • Test them on the 1st of every month and NEVER take out the batteries

  • Plan your escape route and make sure everyone in your house knows it

  • Put cigarettes out - right out - and never smoke in bed

  • Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended

  • Make a bedtime check last thing at night to reduce fire risks eg unplug heaters

  • Never try to tackle a fire yourself.  If you have a fire, get out and ring the fire service.
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