AF&RS give advice to keep your home safe


Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are sharing important messages about preventing fire in the home this Home Fire Safety Week (14 - 20 June 2021). 


In a year where we have stayed home more than ever, home fire safety has never been more relevant. With many of us taking to our kitchens to master new cookery skills, or embarking on DIY projects in the home, the home is full of potential hazards.

Some top tips to remember for staying safe at home:

  • Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. You should have at least one smoke alarm per level of your home, and they should be tested once per month. 
  • Check electrical appliances are in good working order, and ditch any appliances with damaged, frayed or singed wires. 
  • One socket, one plug. Don’t overload plug sockets.
  • Put it out, right out. Make sure barbeques, candles, cigarettes and other heat sources are extinguished thoroughly, and never leave them burning unattended.

There are many other ways in which you can prevent fire and other hazards from occurring in your home, and resources can be found by visiting our website.

You may also be eligible for a Home Fire Safety Visit from AF&RS. During these visits our staff can help you make a few simple changes to reduce the risk of fire happening in your home, as well as helping you prepare a plan in the event of a fire. To find out if you are eligible and book your visit, visit our webpage. If you are not eligible, our team can still provide you with home fire safety advice in another format, also accessible online.