How to prevent fire and stay safe at university

Most fires are preventable. With the right know-how, a little responsibility and a working smoke alarm you’ll be on your way to making your home fire safe. Get CluedUp and follow these simple steps to fire safety to keep yourself and your housemates fire safe.

Protect your home with smoke alarms

Did you know that you’re four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works? The easiest way to protect your home from fire is with a working smoke alarm. Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week and change them every year. Find it. Check it. It could save your life.

Get a free smoke alarm

Fire Scotland are rolling out a plan to give all homes free smoke alarms across Scotland. They’ll visit your home, sort out a fire escape plan and fit smoke alarms free of charge. To get a free home fire safety visit and a free smoke alarm, visit Fire Scotland.

Respond to all fire alarms

It’s the middle of the day, late at night, early in the morning… Whenever you hear a fire alarm sound – respond immediately by evacuating the premises. The smell of burnt toast could be more sinister than you expect. If you’ve just moved into new accommodation, make yourself aware of the fire evacuation plans for your building.

How to cook safely

Cooking safely is easy when you’re aware of the dangers. Our advice is to take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking – make sure you take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid the risk of fire. Also make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out, this way you’ll be less likely to knock them off the stove.

Don’t put anything metal in the microwave

And keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker. It’s also a good idea to double check you’ve turned the cooker off when you’ve finished cooking. For more information about preventing fire at home, read the university guidelines, visit unite, or check out the advice from the government.