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We're Supporting Home Safety Week

1st October 2017

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Home Safety Week which runs 2nd to 8th October 2017.

In North Yorkshire we attended over 450 dwelling fires during 2016/17.

The focus of the week this year is on domestic appliances and ensuring they are as safe as possible by making sure they are registered, maintained and properly run. More than 15,000 accidental dwelling fires were caused by appliances in 2015/16 (nationally).

Our top tips are for staying safe at home are:

  • Register your appliances at This means you will be notified of any recalls or replacements.
  • Switch off appliances at the plug where possible before you go to bed
  • Don't leave appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines running over night or when the house is empty
  • If you have a recalled appliance or an appliance subject to a repair order - don't risk it - stop using it
  • Check appliances are installed and maintained. Poor installation such as sitting a heavy appliance on a power lead and poor maintenance such as not defrosting a freezer can increase the risk of an incident
  • Good housekeeping can prolong the life of an appliance and reduce the risk of fire e.g. not cleaning ovens or filters.
  • Don't keep using appliances if they start to make unusual noises, smells or don't operate properly. Have them checked by a professional.

As well as these tips related to households appliances, below are some general fire safety advice tips for your home:

  •  Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them on a regular basis
  • Take care in the kitchen, we attended over 90 fires involving cookers in 2016/17. Make sure ovens and hobs are turned off after use and always keep flammable items such as tea towels away from the hob.
  • If you have a real fire or wood burning stove make sure you get the chimney swept, we would recommend at least once a year.

If you have any fire safety concerns at home we can provide a home fire safety visit for free.

We also now offer Safe and Well visits which as well as covering home fire safety advice also identifies other risks within the home and possible health problems. This can include advice on issues such as smoking, slips, trips and falls, and alcohol consumption.

To book a visit please visit our website or call our fire safety line on 01609 788545.


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