Safety at home

A fire doesn’t have to kill you to take your life. Fires can develop and spread quickly, producing heat and large amounts of thick smoke and fumes.

As the majority of fire deaths and injuries happen in the home, we need to make our homes as safe as possible.

Smoke alarms

The first step is to fit a smoke alarm and make sure it works by testing it once a month. If needed, we can arrange a home visit and fit one for you.

Landlords are required by law to make sure their properties are fitted with working smoke alarms.

A working smoke alarm can give you the important early warning of fire but you will only have minutes to escape and it will be more difficult at night when people are asleep and it is dark. Escaping is easier if you have a planned escape route and everyone in the house knows what to do.

Our Prevention and Education teams focus on the need to prevent fires and other emergencies by educating members of our communities.


Sprinklers are the most effective way to ensure that fires are contained or even extinguished before the Fire Service can arrive.

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the National Fire Sprinkler Network recommend that sprinklers should be installed in both business premises and in our homes.

Information gathered from every Fire Service in the UK shows that sprinkler systems:

  • contain or extinguish the fire in 99% of cases
  • reduce damage to residential properties by 75%
  • reduce damage to non-residential properties by around 50%
  • are very reliable – the probability that a system will operate as it should is 94% across all buildings

We have worked with our partners to produce a Sprinklers in the home guide.

You can also find more information from the Residential Sprinkler Association and on the National Fire Sprinkler Network website.

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide poisoning can kill quickly and without warning.

Find out how to ‘be gas safe’.