Each year 90 people die because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing.  There are some simple steps that we can all take to make sure our homes are as safe as possible for our families.

The main causes of fire in the home are:

  • Cooking
  • Candles
  • Cigarettes
  • Faulty electrics (e.g. appliances, wiring, overloaded sockets)

How can you protect yourself and your home?

  • Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly to ensure they are working (at least every 6 months)
  • Take care when cooking – don’t leave children alone in the kitchen when cooking on the hob
  • Take care when using hot oil, it sets alight easily
  • Don’t put anything metal in a microwave
  • Don’t overload plugs or extension leads
  • Always ensure furniture has the fire-resistant label
  • If you use a portable heater, keep it away from curtains and furniture and never use it for drying clothes
  • Never smoke in bed and always use a proper ashtray
  • Make sure candles are in a secure holder and away from materials that may catch fire

What does Saxon Weald do to manage fire risks?

  • In our schemes and blocks we undertake Fire Risk Assessments every 1 to 3 years (depending on type of property).
  • There are fire alarms, emergency lighting, automatic opening vents and a range of additional equipment to help protect and alert you if there is a fire.
  • All fire safety equipment is tested on regular basis, weekly, monthly and annually depending on equipment.

What to do if there is a fire

  • Keep calm, act quickly and call 999.