If there is a fire, don't take any risks.
Get out, stay out and call 999.
We want to ensure that you are safe in your
home, and that you know what to do to avoid
any fire-related risks.
Here's ten top tips:
1. Always plan your
It's important to know how
you would escape safely.
Never use disposable barbecues or
fire pits on a balcony. If using one in a
garden or outside, ensure that it has
been fully extinguished before leaving it
unattended. Do not place in your waste
bin. Earlier this year, a tenant used a
barbecue on a balcony which caused
serious fire damage.
3.Be safety conscious
For example, don't leave your
washing machine or tumble dryer
running while you go out. Also,
don't remove internal doors and
close all doors when you go to
bed. Closed internal doors can
prevent fire spreading for up to
two hours. 4.Candles
Don't leave a candle
unattended and don't
light them near to soft
Press the test button
until the alarm begins
to sound. Don't tamper
with smoke, heat
detectors or sounders if
they are in your home as
this may cause them to
not work when required.
6. Communal areas
Don't leave anything in a
communal area - it creates a
fire risk and also poses a trip
hazard during evacuation.
Emergency exits should be
kept clear and unobstructed
at all times.
Always use a deep fat fryer rather
than a chip pan and make sure
that they are kept clean. Never
cook while under the influence of
alcohol. Do not leave pots and pans
unattended whilst cooking.
8. Electrical safety
Never overload sockets or leave
electrical appliances unattended.
Leaving electrical items running
when you are not at home increases
the risk of a fire starting.
Buy furnishings that are 'fire safe' and
that comply with the Furniture and
Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations
1988. You can tell if your furniture is
safe by looking for the 'permanent'
label, which should be stitched
somewhere out of sight.
Dispose of unwanted furniture safely.
North Lincolnshire Council offer one
free collection of up to three bulky
items per year.
Do not burn unwanted furniture. Two
homes were badly fire damaged earlier
this year due to a tenant attempting to
burn an unwanted sofa in their garden.
Smoke outside your home and
make sure that a cigarette is fully
extinguished. For example, use water
to put them out. Always keep matches
out of reach of children.
Find out further