Your home, your handbook

Fire safety

Did you know?

You are four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works (21 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing at the time of the fire).

To find out who is responsible for replacing your battery in your smoke alarm please contact a member of the Housing Team.

  • Around half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents 
  • Three fires a day are started by candles 
  • Every five days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette 
  • Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause around 6,000 fires in the home across the country every year.

We would urge you to take extra care if you smoke, cook or light candles when you’re tired or if you’ve had an alcoholic drink. Remember that some prescription and over the counter medication can also make you tired and increase the risk of falling asleep while cooking or smoking etc.

If you think this could happen to you, please speak to your Neighbourhood Housing Officer. We can arrange for a personal fire safety assessment either by us or your local Fire Service and provide some personal safety advice for you.

You will also find additional information  in the Governments ‘Fire Safety in the Home’ leaflet. A copy can be viewed and downloaded from the publications page of our website or by visiting