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Take extra steps to reduce fire risk at home

19/09/2013

Home Safety Advice

People in Staffordshire are being urged to carry out six simple checks to help make sure they and their homes are as safe as possible during strike action by the Fire Brigades Union next week.

"The most important thing people can do is to ensure their home is fitted with a smoke alarm on each floor – and that they test the batteries work by pushing the button regularly. Working alarms detect smoke in a property and provide a crucial – and early – warning that something is on fire. This is a vital safety device and could literally save your life." 

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

Staffordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service is advising the local community to reduce their risk by installing smoke alarms and ensuring they work; taking care when cooking; checking their electrical appliances and plugs; disposing of all smoking materials carefully; planning an escape route and introducing a simple safety routine at bedtime.

The Fire Brigades Union will take industrial action on Wednesday, September 25. The strike will run from midday until 4pm and is in response to Government proposals to change firefighters’ pensions.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has sent safety advice posters to public venues across the county including GP surgeries, community centres and libraries.

Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Whilst we don’t wish to alarm anyone unnecessarily, we are encouraging people to take steps to reduce the risk of a fire in their home and also to ensure that they and all their family know what to do should a fire break out.

"We are also asking people to be good neighbours and help elderly or vulnerable residents to reduce their risk from fire.

"The most important thing people can do is to ensure their home is fitted with a smoke alarm on each floor – and that they test the batteries work by pushing the button regularly.
 
"Working alarms detect smoke in a property and provide a crucial – and early – warning that something is on fire. This is a vital safety device and could literally save your life."