Fire safety at home

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service offer free home safety checks, free fitted smoke alarms and advice on fire safety to people who might be at risk.

Victims of home fire fatalities are often known to local social care, housing or other professional services. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will visit homes where the occupants are older people, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people, to discuss the risks of fire and look for any visible signs of fire risk. They also work with carers to ensure that they have the relevant knowledge and skills to get themselves, and the person they care for, out safely in the event of a fire. 

To help reduce the risk of fire and keep yourself safe:

  • Never overload electrical sockets
  • Never put candles near curtains or other materials
  • Never leave lit candles unattended
  • Never leave deep fat fryers unattended
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Make sure cigarette stubs are properly extinguished
  • Always fit smoke detectors and check them regularly to ensure that they are still working
  • Plan your escape routes from the house. If there is a fire you will know how to get out safely

If you require any support in increasing fire safety in the home, contact Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 038 2323 or view more information on the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue website. Alternatively, general information can also be found on the national Fire Kills website

In the event of a Fire Emergency dial 999.

Vulnerable people are more likely to have fires in their home and to be killed or seriously injured in any fire that does occur.