High rise residents urged to book a free home fire safety check

07 August 2017
Smoke alarm

​Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is urging people living in high rise buildings to book a free home fire safety check.

As part of its fire safety and public reassurance work following the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June, NFRS staff have been conducting door-to-door visits within high rise buildings in the county to offer residents free advice on home fire safety.

Despite repeated visits, uptake on the offer remains at approximately 60 per cent and the service is keen to let residents know the checks can be tailored to suit specific circumstances and needs.

NFRS area manager Mark Ainge said:


 “Our teams are very keen to engage with people to provide free advice about keeping you, your family and friends and your home safe from fire.

“We’re very keen to get uptake on home fire safety checks to 100 per cent and we want to stress that these visits are purely intended to provide help and advice in a friendly way.

“If a previous call to your flat has been at an inconvenient time for you, or you have specific needs, please do make contact so we can arrange a visit to suit your circumstances.”

Residents who would prefer to conduct their own fire safety check can find information about how to carry this out on the NFRS website.

A leaflet providing information on fire safety in high rise buildings is available here.

Home fire safety checks

Visits can also be requested by calling 0300 1261000 and selecting option 5.

Testing a smoke alarm 

Fire prevention advice

Many fires happen at night when most people are sleeping. Working smoke alarms should wake you if a fire does break out, but you can further reduce your risk by carrying out some simple checks before you go to bed.

Bedtime checklist

  • CLOSE INSIDE DOORS at night to stop a fire from spreading    
  • SWITCH OFF and unplug electrical appliances that don’t need to be used
  • SWITCH OFF mobile phones and tablet computers chargers
  • CHECK your cooker is switched off    
  • SWITCH OFF the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher    
  • PUT OUT candles, incense sticks and oil burners before you to sleep    
  • PUT OUT cigarettes and double check them, it's best to wet them to be sure    
  • CHECK your escape routes are clear    
  • CHECK door and window keys are easy to find in an emergency    
  • MAKE SURE mobility aids are close to hand for those who require them

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