In the event of a fire call 999

Most fires are preventable. Fires need three things to start – a source of ignition (heat), a source of fuel (something that burns) and oxygen:
Sources of ignition include heaters, lighting, naked flames, electrical equipment, smokers’ materials (cigarettes, matches etc), and anything else that can get very hot or cause sparks

Sources of fuel include wood, paper, plastic, rubber or foam, loose packaging materials, waste rubbish and furniture

Sources of oxygen include the air around us.
Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home. You are at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm. When you test your smoke alarms you could help test the smoke alarm of an older family member, neighbour or friend too. It takes no time at all and gives your family and others a much better chance of surviving a fire.

Smoke alarms save lives. If your home does not have one, call 0300 303 0088 to arrange a free home fire safety visit, alternatively visit the  Essex County Council Fire & Rescue Service website where you can e-mail or book online for a safety visit.  You will also find a wealth of information on the website too.

Click here for more information on fire safety in your home.