Don't tackle a fire yourself - get out of the property and call 999

Knowing how to prevent a fire and keep you, your family and your home safe

Many fires that start in a home are accidental, yet the effects can be life changing and even fatal. So it’s important to be aware of how to reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home in the first place.

East Devon District Council takes fire safety very seriously and invests both time and money to make sure its tenants and leaseholders have maximum protection. We provide all our homes with smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and in many properties heat detectors, and regularly check that these are operating effectively.

For all East Devon tenants we strongly advise that the following fire safety tips are followed:

  • Ensure your smoke alarms are working - test smoke alarms regularly and report any faults to our repairs team
  • Take extra care in the kitchen when cooking - especially when using hot oil. Never leave pans unattended and don’t cook if you are feeling tired, drinking alcohol, or taking medication that might make you drowsy
  • Use candles safely - make sure they are secured in a stable holder and never leave them to burn on their own
  • Keep heaters away from anything that can catch alight and sit at least one metre away from heaters
  • Put out cigarettes - use deep ash trays and stub them out properly - never smoke in bed
  • Don't overload sockets - keep one plug to one socket and turn off appliances when not in use
  • Check all electrical appliances regularly and switch off and unplug electrical appliances such as cookers, TVs and charging devices such as mobile phones when you go to sleep. Only leave essential items such as freezers and fridges switched on
  • Plan an escape route in case you need to leave your home in the event of a fire
  • Check for fire hazards before going to bed and close all doors as this can prevent fire spreading
  • Don't tackle a fire yourself - get out of the property and call 999
  • Familiarise yourself with the advice given on the Fire Action Notices located in hallways, corridors and landing areas, and in the event of a fire follow this advice.
  • Do not leave or store items any items in communal areas, including mobility scooters, bicycles and rubbish sacks.  Communal areas must be kept clear and free from obstructions at all times.
  • Electrical appliances such as washing machines, tumble driers and fridge freezers should not be placed or used in any areas outside of your own flat, including any outside storage cupboard.