Student safety

teenagers on a computerStarting or returning to university? Moving into rented accommodation? You need to be aware of the risk of fire and how you can prevent one.

An average of five people aged 17-24 are killed or injured by fires each day, and you’re more than twice as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm. It’s therefore essential you make sure you have alarms in your home or accommodation and that you check them regularly.

Here are our top tips to help keep you safe:

  • Fit smoke alarms on each level of your home – book a FREE Home Fire Safety Visit with us on 01429 874063 and as part of this visit we will fit smoke alarms for free if needed.
  • Test your smoke alarms weekly – follow us on facebook, twitter or Google+ and we will remind you every Tuesday.
  • Stand by your pan – never leave cooking unattended
  • Take extra care with cigarettes and smoking materials and never smoke in bed – when a cigarette is finished, put it out, right out!
  • Never leave candles or tealights unattended and ensure that they are put in safe holders
  • Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, including laptops, unless they’re designed to stay on – like a freezer
  • Check furniture has the fire-resistant permanent label
  • Plan and practice an escape route with your housemates
  • If a fire starts get out, stay out and call 999

Do you live in a rented home, or are you the landlord? Click here to view more information on responsibilities and the law.

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