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Over 80% of all casualties occur as a result of fires in the home. The majority of these fires are accidental and could have been prevented by following a few simple measures which help to reduce the risks.

Prevention is the key to reducing the tragedies and hardships caused by fire.

Safety at home

It's important that fire risks are minimised in your home, and that you reduce or eliminate any hazards that might cause a fire in your home.

Did you know...?

  • You're twice as likely to die in a fire if you don't have a smoke alarm that works
  • 90 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing
  • More than half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents
  • More than five fires a day are started by candles
  • Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
  • Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause around 7,000 house fires across the country every year

West Midlands Fire Service

The West Midlands Fire Service website provides safety advice for businesses ranging from fire safety legislation to commercial training, licensing and asbestos removal.

Fire safety advice for businesses and commerce

  • Make sure your fire alarm is tested weekly
  • Inform your staff of what to do in the event of a fire, make sure they are familiar with the evacuation drill and escape routes for the building
  • Make sure you carry out a continuous Fire Risk Assessment of your building
  • Never obstruct sprinkler heads and fire detectors
  • Unsafe storage of waste packaging and pallets is a fire risk, never leave waste containers close to buildings
  • Guard all sources of ignition
  • Ensure that flammable liquids are stored safely
  • Make sure that machinery and equipment is maintained

Further information

Explosives and fireworks - Registration and licence

Any business planning to store explosives such as fireworks, gunpowder, safety cartridges, or detonators (including air bag detonators), is required by law to have a current explosives registration or licence.

Fireworks and bonfire safety

Fireworks are a traditional part of enjoying celebrations such as Bonfire Night or New Years Eve, but they are also the cause of around 1000 serious accidents every year.

Living in flats - Dudley Council tenants and leaseholders

Our fire safety information pack contains valuable information about the fire safety measures found in high-rise and low-rise properties managed by Dudley Council.

UK Fire Training

Workplace fire training delivered by knowledgeable firefighters.