Home/fire safety

We want to help you make your home safe.

Working together with Scottish Fire and Rescue, we have put together these pages giving you hints and advice on how to make your home safe from fire.

The fire service also offers free home fire safety visits to everyone.

Make sure your family know how to escape if there's a fire.  Click here for some advice on making an escape plan:

To arrange a free home fire safety visit, simply call Scottish Fire & Rescue on 0800 0731 999, Call your local fire station or text "Check" to 61611 from your mobile phone.

So what can you do to make your home safer?

Install a fire alarm and make sure it's working.

You are personally responsible for making sure there is a working smoke alarm fitted in your home.

  • Test the batteries every week, change them every year and never remove them.
  • Your local fire and rescue service will be able to check your home for fire risks and may install a smoke alarm for you. Click here to book a fire safety visit.

Be extra careful with electrics

Avoid overloading sockets. Keep to one plug per socket.

  • Use a proper adaptor when using a non UK electrical appliance. Never put two prong plugs into three prong sockets.
  • Don't use heaters for drying clothes and keep them a safe distance away to avoid them catching fire.
  • Don't fix faulty electrics yourself.

Stay safe with candles and cigarettes

Make sure cigarettes are put out properly after you have finished with them.

  • Be extra careful if you have been drinking alcohol or taking medication which might make you drowsy
  • Be careful with candles and tea lights. Avoid placing them on or near materials that could burn or catch fire - like curtains.

Plan an escape route

Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to escape. It could save your life.

  • Establish where the fire exits and alarms are if you live in a large or high level building.
  • Count how many doors you might need to go through to escape. It can be hard to see in smoke and you might become confused about where you are.
  • Keep all exits clear, even communal areas.
  • Keep fire doors closed. They help to slow down the spread of fire and will give you extra time to get out.


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