Home safety

The information in this section provides tips on how to keep your home safe from fire.

Safe and well visit

Carry out your own home safety check

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

Do the online home safety check

Safe and Well Visit

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free 'Safe and Well Visit' for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk. 

Safe and Well Visits are available to Cheshire residents who are aged over 65. The visits will still incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but will also offer additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention and affordable warmth.  Bowel cancer screening is discussed, as well as offering additional support to those who wish to stop smoking, taking drugs or reduce their alcohol consumption.And heart checks are also offered to residents.

Book a Safe and Well Visit for over 65's

Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. Fit smoke alarms on each level of your home.

Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week and change them every year - never remove them apart from when replacing them

Find out more about smoke alarms

Be prepared, just in case there is a fire in your home

  • If there’s a fire, don’t tackle it yourself – get out, stay out and call 999

  • Check for fire hazards in your home before you go to bed - it takes longer to become aware of a fire when asleep

  • Make an escape plan, just in case there is a fire

Planning a safe escape

Take care when cooking

More than half of accidental fires in the home start because of something to do with cooking

Take extra care when cooking with hot oil and don’t leave children alone in the kitchen when the hob or oven is on

Kitchen safety tips

Take care with electrical appliances

  • Don't overload sockets

  • Try to keep to one plug per socket - too many electrical appliances plugged into one socket can overload it, which can lead to overheating
    electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can also be a real danger

Electrical fire safety tips 

Take care when smoking - advice for smokers

  • Cigarettes - put them out, right out

  • More people die in fires caused by smoking products than in fires caused by anything else always stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully

Safety tips for smokers 

Take care when using candles

Candles, decorative lights and decorations are a growing cause of fires - please make sure candles are secured in a stable holder and kept away from curtains, fabrics and paper always put candles out when you are leaving the room or going to bed.

Candles safety advice

Take care during celebrations and holidays

In addition to the everyday care you should take extra precautions if you are hosting a party, or if you have friends or family staying in your home:

  • If you have guests staying the night, make sure they know how to escape safely

  • Let guests know of any features they may not be familiar with - for example, how to unlock your front door

  • Tell guests where the door keys are kept overnight

  • Take particular care of elderly people, children and those with disabilities

  • If there are smokers, put out enough ashtrays, so ash and butts don't get dropped in places like wastepaper bins

See safety tips for celebrations - Christmas, Eid, Bonfire Night, etc 

Make Your Home Safe - Easy Read

The following document is ideal for people with limited understanding or processing of the English language.

Fire - Make Your Home Safe - Easy Read (new window, PDF 1172KB)

Links to more safety tips to keep your home safe from fire

Please use the links below to view a few safety tips to keep your home safe from fire:

Last updated: Friday 12 June 2020