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Fire Service issues safety advice

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In light of the major fire in London this morning (14 June), Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is reissuing safety advice to the residents of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Area Commander Mark Preece said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone who has been affected by the tragic fire in London."

"With this incident in mind, we would like to remind people of the actions they can take to ensure that they protect themselves and their families in the event of a fire."

"Working smoke alarms can provide the few vital extra seconds needed to escape in a fire, therefore it is so important that they are kept in working order and tested every week."

"Having an escape plan in the event of an emergency is vital. We would encourage people to prepare and practice their plan of action and ensure that escape routes are clear, which will help ensure a speedy exit.

"It is also important that people living in high rise buildings are aware and familiar with the buildings evacuation procedure."

If you require further advice on fire safety or would like to call the Community Risk Department to see if you qualify for a free Home Safety Check please call 0800 032 1155

More information on fire safety can also be found at www.hwfire.org.uk