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Making your home safe - general safety

Everyone should feel safe in their own home. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your home is as safe as possible: 

  • ensure you have a working smoke alarm in your home
  • plan escape routes, keep exits clear and know where your door and window keys are kept should you need them in an emergency
  • don't overload electrical sockets - use one plug in one socket and use an extension lead for additional appliances
  • switch off appliances at the wall when not in use
  • keep matches and lighters out of children's reach
  • when using candles put them on a heat-proof holder or dish and keep them away from flammable items, such as wallpaper, curtains etc - never put candles on top of TVs
  • never leave cooking unattended even just to answer the phone
  • don't smoke in bed
  • keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained - ensure your chimney is swept regularly
  • if you have an open fire, make sure embers are under control and put out properly and always use a fire guard

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