Fit at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and place one near your kitchen as a priority. Don’t forget to test them frequently.

Gas appliances should be safety checked and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder at

Be sure not to overload your extension leads. Check the amps your leads can safely carry. The maximum is normally 13 amps. Then check your appliance usage – for example a fridge freezer can draw around 5 amps and a toaster 9 amps.

While extension leads are very useful, they are probably best used as a temporary measure or for small appliances only.