Reducing the risk of fires in your home

Firefighter talking to a man

Firefighters would like to warn everyone to take extra care when using electrical goods to reduce the risk of accidental fires.

With more than 15,400 fires caused by cookers and white goods in 2015/16 in England, we are issuing some timely advice to help keep you safer in your home:

  • When using appliances (such as dishwashers, tumble dryers, cookers and washers), please make sure they are used correctly according to instructions. This includes not leaving them running overnight or when the house is empty, if they are not designed for this purpose.  Always switch off appliances, like televisions, at the plug before you go to bed.

  • Registering appliances (such as dishwashers, tumble dryers, cookers and washers) is extremely important - see below for information on how to register your appliances.

  • Make sure that ovens and grills are cleaned regularly to prevent a build up of grease or fat catching fire.

  • Smoke alarms are also an important device that all homes should not be without. These items can be bought quite cheaply from most DIY shops and can literally save lives, so if you haven’t got at least one in your home then please take my advice and buy one.

Register your electrical appliances

Thousands of people are missing out on product safety warnings, because they haven't registered their white goods (like fridges, freezers and washing machines).

Please use the following link to register your electrical appliances:

Register your appliance (opens in new window)

You can also check if any of your electrical goods have been recalled:

You can also check if any of your electrical goods have been recalled (opens in new window)

Electrical appliances - maintenance and safety

Advice to help keep you safe in your home:

  • Switch off appliances at the plug, where possible, before you go to bed.
  • Don't leave appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines running over night or when the house is empty.
  • If you have a recalled appliance or an appliance subject to a repair order - don't risk it - stop using it.
  • Poor installation (this can be as simple as a heavy appliance sitting on a power lead) and poor maintenance (this can be as simple as not defrosting a freezer) can increase the risk of a fire.
  • Inappropriate installation can also include appliances installed in outbuildings such as garages and sheds where an ambient temperature cannot be maintained.
  • Good housekeeping can prolong the life of an appliance and reduce the risk of fire (for example, cleaning ovens or filters, etc).
  • Don't keep using appliances if they start to make unusual noises, smells or don't operate properly. Have them checked by a professional.

Smoke alarms

Working smoke alarms save lives:

  • Test your smoke alarms weekly.

  • Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it’s still up to date.

  • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.

  • Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance, eg a heater, computer, etc.

  • Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected.

How safe is your home?

Complete our online home safety check (Risk Rater) 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 visits

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.

The visits will still incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but will also offer additional advice on slips, trips, falls prevention and bowel cancer screening.

Book a Safe and Well Visit for over 65's

Useful links

For further information, please use the following links: