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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Lichfield Residents Urged to Book Their Free Home Fire Risk Check

21/03/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging Lichfield residents to book their free Home Fire Risk Check to ensure they are as safe as possible from a fire in their homes.

"A Home Fire Risk Check can open other doors to vulnerable members of our community who need support from other organisations."

Lichfield Risk Reduction Co-ordinator, James Hettihewa-Young

A Home Fire Risk Check involves a member of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service visiting your home at an agreed time – day, evening or weekend - and accompanying you around every room in your property with the aim of spotting fire risks in the home, making sure you know what to do in order to reduce these risks, helping to plan an escape route if there is a fire and ensuring there are working smoke alarms on every floor of the home.

Assistive Technology is also available which can help to keep elderly or disabled people safe from fire. Technology includes vibrating pillows and Lifeline which involves a smoke alarm being linked to operators who are there 24/7 and will immediately pick up on an activating smoke alarm.

Lichfield Risk Reduction Co-ordinator, James Hettihewa-Young said: "A Home Fire Risk Check can open other doors to vulnerable members of our community who need support from organisations such as Health and Social Care or from the Bromford Group.

"During the Home Fire Risk Check, we’ll go over any potential fire hazards we find in your home and can answer any questions you have about fire safety in the home. If we find a property with no working smoke alarms or none fitted at all, we will fit smoke alarms free of charge and ensure they are working before we leave.

"The Home Fire Risk Check takes on average about 40 minutes and you can be sure that the person carrying out the assessment is from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as we all carry Service photographic identification."