If you're planning a holiday, follow a few simple steps to make sure your house stays safe from fire while you're away.

  • Switch off and unplug unnecessary equipment.  Some appliances, such as fridges, freezers and video recorders are designed to be left on, but if you're not sure check the manufacturer’s details.
  • If you have gas, turn off the supply at the mains (unless you have gas powered appliances which need to be left on).
  • Turn the water off at the mains.  A leak from a water tank or pipe may short out electrical wiring and start a fire.
  • Close all the doors and windows.  Internal doors are especially important as if a fire breaks out it will slow down the spread.
  • Let a neighbour know you are going away and leave a key.
  • Check that your smoke alarms are working.

For more information on fire safety please visit www.direct.gov.uk/firekills or Contact us.