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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Will You Display Your Postcard?

18/04/2011

HFRC window postcard
Postcard residents will put up in their windows

Firefighters in Cheadle will be out and about in the coming weeks popping postcards through people’s doors which offer free Home Fire Risk Checks.

"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."

Prevention and Protection Leader, Rebecca Bryant

All that anyone who finds a postcard on their door mat has to do is display it in their window to indicate that they want to have a free Home Risk Check. A member of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel will then return to the property within 24-48 hours and carry out a free Home Fire Risk Check.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Prevention and Protection Leader, Rebecca Bryant said: "We will be posting the postcards at various properties in Cheadle where we know Home Fire Risk Checks have not yet been carried out.

"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. We’ll accompany 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.

"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 only takes on average 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.

"We would urge anyone who receives one of our postcards to pop it in their window, clearly displayed and we will be back to see you in a day or two. We will not attempt to return to any homes which have not displayed the postcard although our advice is to take us up on our offer as it could just save your life."