Safety in the lounge

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