Fire Safety and Prevention

Safety | Last updated : 14/08/2016


Landlords have an obligation to keep your home safe from fire. If you live in privately rented accommodation, your landlord has to meet certain safety obligations under the law, including ensuring all gas and electric appliances are safe and in good working order.

Your landlord must show you safety certificates so you can see when gas and electrical appliances were last tested.

Your landlord should supply a carbon monoxide detector and test it regularly. You can’t see, feel or smell carbon monoxide, but it can be fatal if you breathe enough of it.

If you are worried that your landlord isn’t doing enough to ensure your safety, contact the Environmental Health Officer at your local council.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

You are advised to test your alarm once a week.

Strobe light and vibrating pad alarms are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Contact Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for further details. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will come to your accommodation and give you free fire awareness advice and where necessary, fit new alarms. Call 0800 731 5958.

Plan An Escape Route

Make sure everyone knows how to get out of your house if there’s an emergency – it could save your life.

Keep all fire exits clear and keep all fire doors closed.

They help to slow down the spread of fire and will give you extra time to escape.

In The Kitchen

Cooking and drinking alcohol never mix. If you want something to eat and you’ve been drinking, make a sandwich or buy something on the way home.

Never leave cooking unattended.

Keep tea-towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Double check that the cooker is off when you have finished cooking

Chip Pans & Deep Fat Fryers

Take care when cooking with oil, it sets alight easily.

If the oil starts to smoke, IT’S TOO HOT. Turn off the heat, leave it in situ and wait for it to cool down.

Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. If they are working property, they can’t overheat.

Be Extra Careful with Electronics

Avoid overloading sockets, keep to one plug per socket.

Never use heaters for drying clothes and always keep them a safe distance from other items that may catch fire. Inform your landlord straight away if you are concerned about the electrics in your property and never fix faulty electric items yourself. Stop using them, inform your landlord or call a qualified electrician.

Stay Safe With Candles and Cigarettes

Make sure cigarettes are put out properly. Never empty an ashtray into the bin before you go to bed, fill it with water and leave it overnight. Be careful with candles and tea lights. Avoid placing them near material that could burn or catch fire. If you have any questions about the issues raised in this guide please contact Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. Call 0800 731 5958 or visit:

Merseyside is a safe place to live, work, visit and study. Merseyside Police are working hard to tackle crime and disorder. In fact Merseyside is one of the safest metropolitan areas in England and Wales with lower levels of recorded crime than similar police forces.

Merseyside Police covers the areas of Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Liverpool. Each of theses areas is split up into Neighbourhoods that are policed by a Neighbourhood Team led by a Neighbourhood Inspector.

Details of the Neighbourhood Team that police the area you live in can be found on the Merseyside Police website:

The website contains lots of useful information about what is happening in your area and details such as, crime prevention advice, force policies and details of people wanted by the force. It will also tell you how to contact Merseyside Police and your Neighbourhood team, but if you do not have access to the internet, please telephone 0151 709 6010 for further details.

Merseyside Police recognise the student population reflects the wider community so is very diverse in its make up and  consists of a wide range of different diverse groups.

Unfortunately , there are instances when people from minority groups are subject to unacceptable or inappropriate behaviour, threats or even worse. In most instances this will be categorised as a Hate Crime. It is very important to Merseyside Police that such incidents are reported. In the unlikely event of you becoming a victim of crime and, in particular, a Hate Crime, you are encouraged to report such incidents to the Police. Hate Crime is defined as:

Hate Incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate. Any crime can be motivated by hate or prejudice.

Any offence where Disability, Race, Religion or Faith, Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity is the motivating factor.

Hate Crimes are investigated vigorously by Merseyside Police’s Sigma Hate Crime Investigation Teams. Superintendent Rowley Moore who heads the Force Community Engagement Team said; “Merseyside Police recognises the impact Hate Crimes can have on victims and communities, we at Merseyside Police take the reporting and investigation of such crimes.