Winter fire safety advice

As we prepare our home and businesses for the cold months ahead, we should also take time to consider fire safety risks during the winter months.

Most fires can be prevented, by taking some basic and common-sense precautions.

  1. Identify and be aware of the potential fire risks within your home
  2. Know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks
  3. Put together an escape plan in case a fire does break out and ensure you have working smoke alarms

Fire prevention…

  • Test your fire alarms regularly
  • Never leave a lit cigarette, pipe or candle unattended
  • Keep matches and lighters well out of the reach of children
  • Sit back at least three feet away from heaters
  • Never put a heater near clothes or furnishings
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets 

At the end of the day…

  • Interior doors should always be closed as they can dramatically reduce the spread of fire
  • Make sure all electrical appliances are turned off, except those that are meant to stay on, like a fridge
  • Rake out open fires and put a fire safety guard in place
  • Empty ashtrays, making sure the contents are cold
  • Ensure you have access to a phone
  • Always turn underblankets off when you get into bed and never use an electric blanket and hot water bottle together
  • Have your electric blankets checked by an expert at least every three years


Fires can be prevented, by taking some basic and common-sense precautions. Use our top tips to help you to inspect your home or business for anything that could cause a fire. You can then take the necessary actions to protect the building and the people within it.


Timmins Group are Firas accredited to carry out surveys, to maintain and to install timber fire door systems and to certificate on completion. We are BMTRADA approved to carry out passive fire protection and are members of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection, we can carry out surveys and installations to make sure your buildings are compliant with legislation regarding breaches to floors, walls and ceilings caused by data, heating & plumbing and M&E installation.