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Make sure you've got a home to go back to...

Living away from home for the first time can a daunting experience, especially when it comes to being responsible for cooking, heating and maintaining your new home. Living with others, often strangers at first isn’t always ideal and can leave you putting a lot of faith in your new housemates. 

In March 2017, a student’s flat at The Roundhouse at Gunwharf caught fire, after the resident left the pan on the hot hob after cooking. This film is the result of that simple mistake.

We have over 120,000 students in Hampshire, studying at four universities and several college’s. 

We know the four main causes of accidental house fires are cooking, smoking, electrical and candle light fires. 

With the stats at their highest amongst the 18 – 30 age bracket. These incidents may not result in fatalities, but the damage can be devastating. Follow these useful tips to stay safe at university this term. 


  • never leave cooking unattended  
  • switch off the oven or hob when you have finished cooking and take pans off the heat  
  • keep electrical leads, tea towels and clothing away from the oven and hob
  • remember to clean your grill, hob and oven regularly. A build up of grease and fat can catch fire whilst cooking



  • smoke outdoors 
  • never smoke in bed
  • stub it out properly and dispose of carefully, use ashtrays and empty the cooled contents to an outside bin regularly
  • never leave lit cigarettes or cigars unattended



  • never leave on charge or in a USB point unattended or overnight - they can ignite and cause fire


Electrical gadgets 

  • don’t leave electrical items on when you leave the house or overnight
  • don’t overload plug sockets, keep to one plug per socket and ensure you use the correct fuse
  • buy all electrical items, including chargers for phones and e-cigarettes, from reputable sellers
  • always use the right charger for the device



  • making sure candles are secured in a candle holder and away from material that may catch fire, like curtains or loose fitting clothes
  • don’t burn lots of candles close together, this may cause a larger flame and do not move a candle once lit
  • put candles, incense or oil burners out when you leave the room, go to bed or leave the house 
  • alternatively you could use an LED candle to create the mood without the risk


For more fire safety advice around the home click here: 

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