If there is a fire in your house, you should do the following:
- close the door to the room where the fire is to stop flames from spreading,
- warn everyone else in the house and get everyone out immediately,
- phone 999 for the fire brigade,
- warn other people in the building and your neighbours,
- do not go back in the house for any reason until the fire brigade has said is safe to do so.
Carrying out these few simple checks before going to bed every night could help you to avoid having a fire:
- empty ashtrays into a metal bin,
- disconnect all electrical appliances, which do not need to be on overnight
- make sure all candles are extinguished.
Your smoke alarm will only help to protect you and your family if it is working properly. To make sure it is working properly you should test it every week by pressing the test button. You can use a brush handle to reach it. If the battery is flat, put a new one in your detector. Never take the battery out of the smoke detector unless it is to replace it with a new one.
Never try to disconnect your alarm, move it or paint it.