Ideally, you should be able to answer 'yes' to each of these questions...

  • Do you have smoke alarms fitted on each floor of your home?
  • Have you made an escape plan so that everyone in your home knows what to do and how to get out, if there is a fire?
  • Do you keep all doorways in your home clear so that people can escape if there is a fire?
  • Do you take extra care in the kitchen? - Never leave young children alone in the kitchen!
  • Do you take extra care when cooking with hot oil?
  • Do you make sure candles are in secure holders and are away from any materials that could burn?
  • Do you take special care when you are tired or when you've been drinking?
  • Do you stub out cigarettes properly, dispose of them carefully and never smoke in bed?
  • Are you into the habit of closing all doors at night?
  • Do you have only one plug in each electrical socket?
  • Do you keep matches and lighters where children cannot see or reach them?
  • Do you always switch off and unplug electrical appliances rather than leave them on standby?
  • Are you into the habit of closing all doors at night?

Checklist courtesy of the West Midlands Fire Service.

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