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Local Mayor books Home Fire Risk Check

The Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme will be raising awareness of the importance of domestic smoke alarms when Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service pays a visit to his home this week.

"We encourage anyone who lives in Staffordshire to book a free Home Fire Risk Check – everyone is eligible, although we do give priority to older people and those who are vulnerable." 

Pete Hall, Community Safety Officer.

The service’s Community Safety Team will carry out a Home Fire Risk Check at the Audley home of Cllr Eddie Boden on Thursday, November 21. The check will include advice about fire safety and planning an escape route as well as fitting smoke alarms. 

Pete Hall, Community Safety Officer for the Northern Service Delivery Group, said: “We encourage anyone who lives in Staffordshire to book a free Home Fire Risk Check – everyone is eligible, although we do give priority to older people and those who are vulnerable. 

“The check involves firefighters or technicians visiting a person’s home at an arranged time and providing advice to improve their safety from a potential fire in the home, as well as helping them to plan an escape route should fire break out. They also fit smoke detectors and show how to test the alarms are working. 

“The service is totally free of charge and those who conduct the checks all carry photo identification.”

Cllr Boden, who is in his 70s, requested the Home Fire Risk Check and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service hopes his support will encourage more residents to book a free check. 

After the check, Cllr Boden will visit Newcastle’s Community Fire Station to find out about the work of, and equipment used by, a modern Fire Service and how the new community stations offer free meeting space to local groups and organisations. 

For more details about home fire risk checks or to request a free home fire risk check call Freephone 0800 0241 999 or visit the website www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk