London Fire Brigade

Include sleeping risk as a factor in risk assessments

Fridges and freezers are left switched on 24/7, which means that often they are operating in homes when people are sleeping. We want this to be factored in to the risk assessments performed by manufacturers.

If you're asleep when a fire starts in your home, it can be far more dangerous than if you are awake and able to quickly react.

There is an assessment that manufacturers or retailers should do if they have evidence that one of their products is unsafe.

Part of this assessment process looks at the type of consumer that might be affected by any fault, however, it does not take into account the possibility that the person involved could be asleep.

Do more fires happen when people are asleep?

No, most fires in the home - around 60 per cent - are caused by cooking, however, when fires happen while people are asleep it can be more difficult for them to get out safely.

Always ensure you have at least one smoke alarm fitted on every level of your home.

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