Fire safety in the home

Fire safety in the home

Fires in homes often start accidentally, which is why it's really important to learn how to minimise the risk of a fire starting. This knowledge can help protect you, your family, and your property. We've partnered with Lancashire Fire & Rescue to spread their important safety tips and keep you and your loved ones safe.


“It’s really important that we all cope safely with the rise in the cost of living and we don’t put ourselves or our loved ones at risk. Working collaboratively with Electricity North West enables us to encourage people to save safely, be energy efficient and reduce the risk of fire risks in the home.”

Kirsty McCreesh, Group Manager for Prevention at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service


Candle safety

Candles are among the top five causes of house fires in the UK so we urge caution when using them wherever possible. If you're using candles, make sure they're fully secure in proper holders and away from any materials that can catch fire. Never leave a lit candle unattended.

Open fire and log burner safety

Always use a fire guard screen to prevent embers igniting nearby burnable materials. Do not sit or stand too close to the fire and never dry washing next to the fire as it could easily catch alight. Never leave a lit fire unattended.

Appliance safety

Only use appliances for their intended purpose and be extra careful around items that can get especially hot, such as ceramic heaters. Appliances such as ovens, hobs and outdoor heaters should not be used to keep a room warm. Never use any kind of BBQ indoors. As well as being a serious fire risk, they will deposit harmful toxic gases throughout your home.

Electric heater safety

It can be tempting to use electric heaters within the home to add some extra warmth. However, if they're not used safely and properly they can be an extreme fire hazard. Never leave clothing draped near electric heaters and do not power your heater using extension leads as this can cause an overload fire.

Did you know?

Your local fire service can offer a range of support to help you keep your home safe. To find out more on how you can reduce the risk of fires in your home or arrange a home visit, click on your local service below.