Accessibility navigation

Student Fire Safety Week: 26 October-1 November

Fire extinguisher

Home Office fire statistics show that of the 162 fires attended by fire and rescue services at student halls of residence in 2019/20, 66 percent were started by cooking appliances.

To help prevent a fire in your home:


  • Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol.
  • If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks. Turn off the heat if it’s safe to do so. Never throw water over it and don’t tackle the fire yourself.
  • Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water.
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.


For more ways to stay safe in your home, visit our Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service's Safety at Home webpage.

If a fire were to start, there are ways that you can help protect yourself.


  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them weekly. All landlords are required to fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of the premises. Don’t be tempted to cover smoke detectors in your halls – they could save your life.
  • Propping open fire doors might seem like a good way to avoid touching door handles in shared accommodation, but it’s a serious fire risk as they’re designed to stop a fire from spreading. Make sure they’re kept closed.
  • Remember to keep fire exits clear at all times, and don’t block them or lock them to ensure people can’t get into buildings where people may be self-isolating. If you’re using a bike rather than public transport, make sure it’s stored somewhere where it won’t be a trip hazard in the event of a fire.
  • Do you know your escape route? You might have moved into a new flat or house and may be unfamiliar with the layout – take the time to make sure you know how to escape if there were to be smoke blocking your vision. If you’re in halls, make sure you know your evacuation strategy.

Page navigation

Search Form

Main navigation