- Never leave appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines or tumble dryers running when you’re out of the house, or asleep.
- Use extension leads carefully. Be aware of the total load on each plug. Never use powerful appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines or tumble dryers on a multi-plug extension lead. Don't use block plug adapters.
- Always switch off electrical items when they’re not in use.
- When using chargers only use the charger that came with your device. Charge on a hard, non-flammable surface. Never leave charging devices unattended.
- Only use laptops on a hard surface.
- Use heaters safely and never cover them or dry clothes on them. If you are drying clothes, keep them away from the heater.
Read more about electrical safety.
Hidden fire hazards
Some fire risks are not easy to spot. Watch out for these surprising fire risks in the home.
Moisturisers or emollient creams for dry skin conditions contain flammable materials. The creams alone are not flammable, but a build-up of emollient/skin cream residue (even from just one application) on fabrics such as bedding, clothing and dressings, can increase flammability. This can also build up on other items that are washed with material containing emollients.
If anyone in your household uses emollients, you must all take extra care around heat and flames.
Wheat bags are packs that you warm up in a microwave. Use them with care. Follow the instructions and don’t overheat them.
Only use wheat bags on the body. Do not use them as bed warmers because they get even hotter under the bed covers, which could result in a fire.
Similar products such as microwavable soft toys should also be used with caution. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions. We recommend never using them in bed and always ensuring an adult is present.
Sunlight can be magnified by mirrors or glass objects near windows leaving scorch marks on furnishings and starting fires. This can even happen during the winter months if the sun is bright.