Stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

Home safety

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, people across the UK are spending more time at home. That’s why we are asking everyone to be extra careful to avoid fires and other accidents.

Advice for businesses is also available.

Cooking safely

If you’re at home because you’re ill, self-isolating or working from home, you’ll be spending more time than usual in the kitchen. Please take extra care while you’re cooking – most house fires start in the kitchen.

You also may get distracted while you are cooking, especially if you have children with you. Keep flammable materials like cardboard boxes and tea towels away from the hob, as they can catch fire easily.

Grease and fat on the hob, in the grill pan or in the oven can ignite, causing a kitchen fire – clean them regularly to prevent this.

Electrical safety

Remember to switch off any electrical items that you’re not using. If you use a mobile phone or laptop charger don’t leave it plugged in and switched on when you’re asleep or not using it.

If you are working from home, don’t overload your sockets with plugs from laptops, phones, PCs or printers.

If you use a portable heater, remember not to put it close to anything that could easily catch fire, like bedding, clothes, soft furnishings or curtains. Never use it to dry your washing. Heaters should always be plugged into the wall socket – never into an extension.

Smoke alarms

Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test them regularly – working smoke alarms save lives. If you have a smoke alarm with a replaceable battery, only remove it if you have another battery to replace it with immediately.


If you smoke, be extra vigilant. With many children spending more time at home and potentially getting bored, it’s essential that you keep matches and lighters away from them, and make sure your cigarette has been properly extinguished.

Avoid smoking in bed or if you’re feeling sleepy. Smoke safely, preferably outdoors.

Keep doors closed

When you do go out, please close all internal doors. It’s also important to do this when you go to bed. This helps to stop a fire from spreading.

In an emergency

Have a planned escape route. If there is a fire, everyone will know how to get out as safely as possible.

If there is a fire, don’t be tempted to tackle it yourself. Get out, stay out and call 999.

If your clothes catch fire, remember to stop, drop and roll.

Health advice

Please follow the UK Government guidance on keeping yourselves and your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone should play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.