Keeping your student digs fire safe

On Student Fire Safety Week (25-31 October),Avon Fire & Rescue Service  (AF&RS) are welcoming students to their new accommodation with a gentle reminder to stay alert to fire hazards.

Many young people are living away from home for the first time, either in rented property or halls of residence, with new responsibilities when it comes to fire prevention and awareness.


Home Office fire statistics show that of the 160-plus fires attended by fire and rescue services at student halls of residence in 2019/20, 66% were started by cooking appliances.

When living away from home, it’s important to recognise new fire hazards, and take precautions to reduce your risk.






We're urging students to use our top tips for fire safety.


Keep your student digs smelling fresh with a fragrance spray or reed diffusers.

To feel at home, cover your space with posters and pictures of family and friends.

When the fire alarm sounds, react quickly and evacuate safely.

Ask for advice when unsure about cooking.

Give cooking your full attention.


Never light candles or have open flames in your student housing.

Never cover smoke alarms.

Don’t ignore fire alarms.

Don’t try and cook without a clue, use cook books and ask others instead.

Avoid distractions while cooking, and never leave cooking unattended.

For more student fire safety tips, visit our website.

AF&RS Watch Manager Steve McGreavy said: "Students often find themselves living away from home for the first time, and with added pressures of a new study timetable, making friends and joining societies, fire safety isn't likely to be a priority.

"We recognise that, which is why we've created simple posters and coasters for student accommodation and student unions to remind students of the key tips to stay fire aware.

"We recently attended Wills Hall residence in Bristol where we joined staff in facilitating an early morning fire drill for new students. We're pleased that students evacuated quickly, and hope that students will remember that evacuating quickly when a fire alarm sounds is essential to keeping safe from fire in their new homes."