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General fire safety advice

There are a number of measures that you can take to improve the safety of your home:

  • Fit smoke alarms on each level of your home and test them regularly.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets, try to keep to one plug per socket.
  • Check for frayed or worn wires and cables.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use, unless they are designed to be left on e.g. freezers.
  • Make sure appliances have a British or European safety mark.
  • Check you are using the right fuse, to prevent overloading.
  • Take care when smoking.
  • Take care when cooking, more than half of all accidental fires are linked to cooking.
  • If there is a fire don’t tackle it yourself, get out, stay out and phone 999.

Please visit the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service website for further advice on how you can protect you and your family, including how to carry out your own home safety check and how to get free “safe and well” visits for anyone over 65:

If you are concerned about vulnerable individuals or someone at risk from fire, for example individuals with mobility issues or impairment due to illness, or if the answer to any of the following questions is no, you can contact Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to arrange a home visit:

  • Does the householder have a working smoke alarm?
  • If the smoke alarm activates, would the householder be able to hear it?
  • Does the householder know what to do if the smoke alarm activates?
  • Is the householder able to get out of the premises if the smoke alarm is activated

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