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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 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 (you replace the whole alarm after 10 years). But don’t forget that all types of alarms need to be tested once a week.

You can get personal advice on preventing fires from your local fire brigade. Community Fire Safety Officers will also visit you at home to discuss your safety concerns.

For advice or information, or to arrange a personal visit, contact the Community Fire Safety Officer at your local Fire Brigade Headquarters. You will find the address and number in the phone book.

Get more fire safety advice and information on the 'Don't give fire a home' website.

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