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Fire in the Home

Every year, people die in house fires. Most die from inhaling toxic smoke and dangerous fumes. Sadly, most household fires are accidental and preventable.

Losing your home to fire is a devastating experience with huge emotional and financial costs. By installing smoke alarms throughout your home and preparing an escape plan, you can help protect your family and property.

You can reduce your risk and improve your safety by taking these simple steps:

  • Install mains powered smoke alarms
  • Develop and practice an Escape Plan with household members
  • Be alert when cooking and never leave food unattended
  • Never leave lit cigarettes to burn unattended
  • Stay warm safely by keeping all items at least one metre from a heat source
  • Clean chimneys and flues regularly from built-up ash and soot
  • Always stay alert when using anything that may catch alight or start a fire
  • Never leave children unattended with candles, matches and lighters
  • Don't overload power boards, keep them free of dust and don't put items on top of them
  • If a fire starts in your home, leave immediately and call 000
  • Remember, do not re-enter a burning house under any circumstances.

 Video: Home Fire Safety

Smoke Alarm​s

When you are asleep you lose your sense of smell. A working smoke alarm is your electronic nose and will alert you if there is smoke from a fire.

A working smoke alarm could save your life.

​A small fire can engulf an entire home in five minutes. A working smoke alarm will warn you if a fire starts in your home, giving your family precious minutes to escape.

Did you know?
  • Smoke alarms need to be tested monthly to make sure they are working.
  • Smoke alarms must be cleaned regularly to remove dust and cobwebs.
  • All smoke alarms, regardless of type and power source, need to be completely replaced every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarms should be located in all sleeping areas and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits to the open air.
  • DFES recommends a mains-powered photoelectric smoke alarm.

 Video: Importance of Smoke Alarms


​Download a Home Fire Safety brochure for more information:

Fire Safety in Your Home Fire Safety in Multi-Storey
Residential buildings

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