At Home

Most home fires start accidentally, and the effects can be devastating. It's important to know how to reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home to help keep yourself, your family, and your property safe from fire.

Our home fire safety pages, which can be accessed via the buttons below, provide information and advice on how to keep you and your family safe. Don't forget: if there is a fire inside your home, get out, stay out, and call 999—don't try to tackle the fire yourself. For more information on this, visit our Making a 999 call page.

Tips for making your home fire safe

Home Safety Check

This service offers free advice on preventing fires and what to do during a fire. You can book a face-to-face home fire safety check below or use the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) online home fire safety check tool.

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Online Home Fire Safety Check

This easy-to-follow home fire safety check has been developed through a partnership between the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Fire Kills and Safelincs. It will take you through your home one room at a time and the simple questions will help you spot fire risks as you go around your home.

The tool will offer tips and advice on the steps you can take to reduce those risks. At the end, you will receive a personalised fire safety action plan to help keep you and your household safe from fire.

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Face-to-Face Home Fire Safety Check

It is carried out by the Service and our partners and takes place at your home, lasting approximately 30 minutes. As part of this service, smoke alarms may be fitted and subsequent maintenance and replacement of these becomes the responsibility of the homeowner. Smoke alarms are not provided as a matter of course.

We only target our visits at people and places where we know there is a higher risk of fire. The information supplied in the application process will help us to determine your risk, so please complete the form below as completely and accurately as possible.

Please note that the check is inappropriate for people who live in accommodations where they are looked after, such as care homes. If this is the case, a fire safety talk will be more suitable, and this can be arranged by completing the Request a Talk/Visit form by following the button below.

For specific in home fire safety information and advice to help keep you and your family safe, see the buttons below:

Bedtime Checks

You can reduce the risk of a fire in your home by remembering to do a simple bedtime safety check.

Make sure you:

  • Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on – like your freezer.
  • Check your cooker is turned off.
  • Don't leave the washing machine on.
  • Turn heaters off and put up fireguards.
  • Put candles and cigarettes out properly.
  • Make sure exits are kept clear.
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them.
  • Top tip: Close inside doors at night

Water Safety in the Home

It takes seconds for someone to drown in as little as 2cm of water so it is essential you stay safe when in and around water.

  • Always supervise children in the bath; do not leave them unattended.
  • Empty baths, paddling pools and buckets once they have been used.
  • Turn paddling pools and buckets upside down as they can hold rainwater.
  • Secure garden ponds or swimming pools with gates.
  • Consider filling in ponds if you have young children.