Your home safety

We know your home is your castle and it's where you feel safe.

Watch our short film about home safety (click the play button at the top of the page), and read on for more about gas and fire safety.

Risks and responsibilities

Gas

The risks

  • If your boiler, cooker or other gas appliances are not regularly checked and maintained, you and others could be at risk of gas leaks and fires
  • Gas leaks can lead to explosions, which can kill
  • Gas boilers, fires and cookers that aren’t working properly or have poor ventilation could produce carbon monoxide gas. You can’t smell, taste or see this gas, but it can make you very ill and even cause death. 

What you can do

  • Arrange for your gas appliances, like your boiler, fire or cooker, to be regularly serviced and checked, and only use a Gas Safe engineer to do this work
  • Don’t use any gas appliances if you don’t think they’re working properly. Arrange repairs with a Gas Safe engineer
  • Never cover a gas appliance or block air vents or grills, air bricks and outside flues
  • Make sure you have an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted
  • Take some time to read up on carbon monoxide, so that you can recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and know what to do if you suspect a gas leak in your home. You can find information about that here

There's more information available in the gas safety leaflet on the left of this page. 

Fire

The risks

  • Very simple mistakes can cause fires, like overloading electrical sockets or not stubbing a cigarette out properly. You’re also more at risk if your smoke alarm isn’t working properly because it may not alert you of a fire in your home
  • Fire and smoke in the home can spread very quickly, and can kill.

 

What you can do

  • Check your smoke alarms are working throughout the year by pressing the ‘test’ button
  • Make sure that your exits are clear from clutter, so you can get out if you need to. This is especially important in communal areas of blocks of flats. Please don’t leave rubbish, bikes, prams or mobility scooters in communal hallways
  • Don’t wedge fire doors open. Keeping them closed helps to slow down the spread of fire
  • Plan an escape route in the event of a fire
  • Always stub your cigarettes out properly and use an ashtray. Please don’t smoke in communal areas if you live in a block of flats
  • Make sure you don’t overload your sockets with too many plugs. It’s also safest to unplug appliances when you’ve finished using them

 There's more information available in the fire safety leaflet on the left of this page.