Safety in the Lounge

Every year 200 people die and 2,000 people are injured across Britain in fires that start in living rooms*. So, before you sit comfortably, read our top tips for staying safe in your lounge.

Power Points/Electrical

  • Don't use electrical appliances with damaged cables;
  • Don't overload sockets;
  • Ensure your extension cable is in good condition and has the correct fuse for the appliance;
  • REMEMBER unplug electrical appliances if you are not using them.

More about electrical fire safety tips >>

Heaters and Fires

  • When drying clothes keep them a safe distance from heaters and fires;
  • All fires and heaters should have guards.
  • Always position heaters so the back is against a wall and they are facing a room. If possible, secure them to the wall to prevent them from falling over.
  • Switch heaters off if you're not in the room and also when you go to bed.
  • Portable gas heaters should have the cylinders stored and changed outside or in a well ventilated atmosphere.
  • Both gas and paraffin heaters should only be used in a well ventilated area. They consume oxygen from the atmosphere and can cause death by asphyxiation (suffocation), if not adequately ventilated.

More safety information on heaters and fires >>


  • Always stand candles in a flame proof container. Never place lit candles near flammable material or where they can be knocked over.
  • Always extinguish candles when leaving the room.
  • It only takes a moment's distraction for a fire to start - so keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

More safety information on candles >>

General Safety

  • Empty waste bins regularly;
  • Beware of trip hazards on the floor;
  • Keep drinks and other liquids well away from electrical appliances;
  • Never place a mirror over a fire;
  • Check that your furniture has the fire resistant permanent label.

Smoking - Safety Tips

  • Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.
  • Remember that cigarettes are hotter than you think and can burn in temperatures of over 700 degrees!

Read our essential tips on staying safe whilst smoking >>

For more information about fire safety or to book a FREE home fire risk assessment visit our Safe and Well section.

Last update: 03/04/2017 09:44:34
Bookmark and Share