1. Check for potential gas, fire and carbon monoxide dangers

Although additives including stench agents are added to Natural Gas so that it can be smelt, a concerning proportion of the UK are still unable to identify its presence.

New sounding alarms combat these problems, activating when gas concentration levels become dangerous.  Latest research shows that while sound disrupts sleep, scent cannot.  Don’t forget, carbon monoxide monitors should always be installed in rooms which contain risk of gas leaks, for example from ovens or gas powered fires.

2. Warning about fridge and freezer fire safety

Consumers are being advised to stop buying fridges and freezers with flammable plastic backs, which could create a fire risk.

According to research by Which? there are at least 236 such models on sale, representing nearly half the market.

3. Firestop installations needed to protect structure of buildings and protect lives inside

Even though most installers know building requirements and codes well and can be highly skilled, mistakes can still be made.  Firestop methods can include caulks and sprays, or the new method on the market, tapes.

You might not think a simple piece of tape would protect against fire, water, smoke or sound, but these revolutionary products are remarkably effective.

Whichever method is used, the most important thing is that they are installed correctly and are up to code.  This is crucial when lives are on the line.

Firestopping applications should be inspected by either the authority having jurisdiction (government code/building official) or an unaffiliated third party, both of whom will check to make sure the firestop application has been installed correctly. Your mandatory fire risk assessment should identify any problems with compartmentation around your building.

4. Beware of devices prone to electrical fires!

Guidelines have been issued regarding safety of lithium powered electrical equipment.

Some of the main devices which could be prone to combustion are smartphones, E-cigarettes, laptops, hoverboards and even washing machines!

Keep a lookout for product recalls from manufacturers and ensure all electrical equipment is switched off and, where possible, not left charging when you are out of your home.

If you can’t be sure be safe and install fire detection throughout your home.