With areas of the UK due to experience unprecedented levels of heat, experts have shared top tips on how Britons can prevent and avoid potential house fires caused by hot weather.

As temperatures rise across the UK, the risk of grass fires and house fires increases. According to experts, there are steps that can be taken to help prevent these from happening. Tips include keeping electronics, mirrors and glass ornaments out of the heat.

This means making sure electrical hazards such as mobile phones, iPads etc are turned off when not in use and put safely away from direct sunlight when finished. Also keep mirrors, crystals, glass ornaments and other reflective items out of direct sunlight at all times.

Reflective objects can act as a lens and allow sunlight to bounce off them, setting alight nearby flammable objects such as curtains and soft furnishings. Mobile phones can also get hot when charging so it is best to keep an eye on them.

Sockets should also not be overloaded at any time, but the risk of a fire increases in a heatwave. An expert explained: “Although you might want to plug your fan in whilst your phone charger and computer are also plugged in, you still need to be aware that fires can start because of an overloaded plug socket. Furthermore, electrical cables everywhere can create a fire hazard, so keep your cables tidy.

Please also be careful with BBQs and do not light any bonfires or let off fireworks during this time.