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Fire safety in the home

Preventing fire in the home concerns everyone. But older people are at greater risk from fire than other groups in society. You can prevent fire by taking simple steps such as not leaving the stove unattended when you are cooking, taking care with electrical appliances and putting out cigarettes and candles properly.

you're twice as likely to die or be injured in a fire in the home if you haven't got a smoke alarm. A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you precious time to escape. It's cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit. There’s no reason not to have one. Test your smoke alarms every week in line with the manufacturer's instructions to make sure they are working properly.

If you are buying a new smoke alarm, consider a 10-year alarm which comes with a sealed battery that doesn’t need changing. But don’t forget that all types of alarms need to be tested once a week.

You can get personal advice, free of charge, on preventing fires in your home from your local fire and rescue service. Firefighters will also be willing to visit your home to help you make sure that you are safe. Some fire and rescue services will fit smoke alarms or they will check the position of your alarms to make sure they are in the best place in your home to prevent false alarms.

For advice or information, or to arrange a personal visit, contact the Community Fire Safety Officer at the Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters for your county or metropolitan area. You will find the address and number in the phone book.

You can also get fire safety advice and information on The Fire Safety website.

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