DO fit a smoke alarm on each floor of your home to give early warning of fire. Test your alarms regularly.
DO have chimneys of open fires swept once a year to stop soot building up, which can cause fire or brickwork damage.
DO take extra care when cooking with hot oil and keep matches out of reach of children.
DO always ensure you stub out cigarettes properly.
DO agree a fire escape plan with your family. You will need to know where you keep the door and window keys and how you will get out. If there is a fire, get everyone out and call 999. Your local fire service may offer a free fire safety visit. Find out more at http://firekills.direct.gov.uk.
DO NOT overload electrical sockets and switch them off at night. Unplug all your appliances, except fridges and freezers, if you go on holiday.
DO NOT leave burning candles unattended. Keep them away from children, put them in secure holders, on a surface that cannot burn, and away from anything that could catch fire.