Is your home safe from fire?
It is clear that most people know a working smoke alarm can save lives by providing those vital few seconds needed to escape a house fire. But, despite the majority of homes having at least one working smoke alarm in their home, smoke alarms alerted householders to a fire in England in only a third of cases.
For this reason, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is encouraging people across the two counties to have a think about the smoke alarms in their home along with other fire safety by contacting the Community Risk team to see if they qualify for a Home Fire Safety Check (HFSC).
Station Commander Alan Haley, Community Risk department said: "A Home Fire Safety Check is a visit to your home by a member of our Community Risk team, who will offer fire safety advice to keep you and your family safe. Members of the team will also install smoke alarms where needed, and will encourage you to work out an escape plan specific to your home and circumstances. This can be as simple as heading down the stairs, knowing where your keys are, unlocking the door and leaving the property. This can make a huge difference if a fire breaks out in your home, particularly at night."
Station Commander Haley continued: "Home Fire Safety Checks are free and are aimed at more vulnerable groups in the community including the elderly, people living alone and those with reduced mobility or sensory impairment".
Station Commander Haley also urged carers and people who keep a close eye on less able relatives to check that their homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too.
"And finally," added Station Commander Haley "If you want to see if you would qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check or would like any fire safety advice, please call 0800 032 1155."
Issued by Emma Roberts,
Senior Community Risk Administrator
Telephone: 01905 368238