Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Home Safety Advice

The best way to stay safe from fire is to understand common risks of fire and how to reduce them in your home.

Here are all our 10 top tips to keep you safe at home:

  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home
  • Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. Please test smoke alarms regularly.
  • Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
  • Avoid using a chip pan or any other pan filled with hot oil
  • Don’t overload electric sockets– most can only take a maximum of 13 amps
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children
  • Keep clothes well away from heaters and open fires
  • Put out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully
  • Don’t charge things like mobile phones, tablets or e-cigs overnight, or longer than the recommended charging time
  • Plan an escape route and make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out in the event of a fire

For helpful tips from our experts, take a look at our home fire safety videos on YouTube or read more by clicking the links for specific topics. 

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