Fire Safety

A fire in your home is one of the biggest risks to your family and property.

Detailed information on preparing for fires can be found on your local Fire Service web pages. You may find the following tips useful in keeping you and your family safe:

  • Fit smoke alarms on each level of your home and test the alarm is working on a weekly basis. Change the battery regularly (unless it’s a ten year alarm).
  • Identify escape routes from each room and keep them clear.
  • Ensure everyone can find keys for doors and windows.
  • Take extra care when cooking especially when tired or if you have been drinking.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Do not overload electrical sockets – one plug for each socket and unplug it if not being used.
  • Close doors at night to slow down the progress of any fire that may break out.

More hints, tips and advice are available from West Midlands Fire Service and Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

If a fire breaks out in your home

    Get everyone together and get out. If there is a lot of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air is cleaner.
    Don’t go back into the house for any reason.
    Dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service.
  • Get Out Stay Out Call 999

If your escape is blocked

  • Get everyone in one room.
  • Close the door and put bedding or towels along the bottom to seal the gap.
  • Open any windows for fresh air.
  • Dial 999 or shout for help and get someone else to make the call.

After a fire

  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Do not switch on utilities if the fire and rescue service has turned them off.
  • Get these supplies checked and repaired before being reconnected.
  • When the emergency services leave you are responsible for the security of your property.

If your accommodation is unusable following a fire

  • Try to arrange accommodation with family or friends.
  • Contact the local authority-housing officer.