Home fire safety checklist
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Home fire safety checklist

Prevent a devastating fire by sticking to some good habits and taking basic precautions around the home. Select tips to add to your checklist.


  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep tea-towels and pot-holders away from the stove
  • Keep grills, fans and cooking surfaces free from grease and residue

Power and appliances

  • Make sure heaters are off before going to bed or going out
  • Keep clothing, curtains or toys one metre away from heaters
  • Never overload powerboards
  • Replace faulty appliances immediately

Smoke alarms

  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year
  • Test and vacuum smoke alarms monthly
  • Ensure you have a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area

Living areas

  • Clean chimneys and flues every year
  • Always use a fire screen in front of an open fire
  • Keep candles, incense, and oil burners away from anything flammable
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children


  • Never smoke in bed
  • Don't leave electric blankets on for more than 30 minutes
  • Never put weight (people, animals or objects) on your bed while the electric blanket is switched on

Clothes & laundry

  • Clean the lint filter on your clothes dryer after each load
  • Let the dryer complete its cool down cycle before stopping

Know what to do if a fire starts at home

Every family needs to develop a home fire escape plan and practise it. Your plan should include two ways to escape each room of the house, and a designated safe meeting point, such as the letterbox.

If you deadlock doors when you're at home, always leave keys in the lock to avoid becoming trapped.


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