Make sure that you have working smoke alarm on every level of your home to give you an early warning if a fire breaks out. You are four times more likely to die in a fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm.
Fire statistics for 2017/18 show that just under 14,000 fires were caused by faulty home appliances or misuse of such equipment.
UK trade organisation, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA), has set up a website, where details of the appliances you buy can be registered, which means you will be notified of an issue or product recall.
Don’t underestimate the potential danger of faulty appliances. To check your products, use the Electrical Safety First’s product checker.
We recommend that appliances are not left on overnight, or when you leave the house, unless they are specifically designed to do so (such as fridges and freezers).
Most fires in the home can be prevented by taking some basic and common sense precautions. Please read our fire safety leaflet[pdf] for information on what to do, what to check, and what to avoid to help reduce the risk of fire in your home.
Fire precautions in multi-storey blocks are governed by building and fire regulations, which require landlords / freeholders to regularly inspect communal areas. We must carry out regular risk assessments of communal areas and maintain existing fire prevention equipment. We will not tolerate any fire risks in communal areas.
You must comply with the following regulations and co-operate with us to help maintain fire safety - you may be in breach of your tenancy agreement if you do not.
- Always keep escape routes clear at all times;
- Do not prop open fire doors;
- Always report defects and dangerous occurrences;
- Do not make structural alterations without consent.