Leaving cooking unattended– This could be a simple thing that can cause such a big fire risk. You go to talk to your flat mate for a few minutes, or you go back in to your room whilst your food is cooking but then you aren’t aware if anything overheats, over boils or catches fire, best thing you can do is if you’re cooking stay in the kitchen to keep an eye on your food.
Storing things in your hallway– If for any reason you needed to exit your flat quickly you want to make sure the exit is clear of any obstructions, you should regularly check nothing is in your hallway, this includes, shoe racks, bikes or even bin bags that are waiting to be removed. Get in to the habit of making sure nothing is stored in this area of your flat.
Using open flames– Having candles and incense sticks can provide a lovely touch to your room but isn’t something we recommend you use due to the high risk of fire an open flame can cause.
Know where the nearest exit is– This should be displayed within your flat with clear signage present for you to follow as well. If you wish to find out more about fire safety on site see our blog Fire Safety Staying Safe In Your Student Accommodation.