House fires account for approximately 40 deaths a year in Ireland. However, there are simple ways that you can prevent the risk of a fire breaking out in your house (some of which will reduce the cost of your House Insurance too!).

The best tip is to install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home. Make sure they are kept free of dust and tested regularly. Not only can they save your life, they can also get you a discount on your House cover.

Devising an escape plan with everybody in the house in the event of a fire is also a good idea. However, make sure that all exits are kept clear, doors are kept closed at nights, and that all appliances are turned off when not in use. Finally, never ever smoke in bed, especially before going to bed.

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