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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety boosting campaign is launched in the east

17/06/2015

Test your smoke alarm

Specialist safety technicians and volunteers have launched a campaign in the east to encourage residents to book a free Home Fire Risk Check.

"Our trained technicians and volunteers are specifically targeting areas where there has been a low take-up of HFRCs. As a Service, we recognise the importance of preventative measures in helping to keep people safe and, potentially, save lives. We are also using technology to pinpoint areas that have a high proportion of older or vulnerable residents who tend to be at a greater risk of being a victim of a house fire."

Station Manager at Tamworth Jason Maudsley

The Service is using technology to target areas that are deemed to be high risk and where the majority of households have not yet benefitted from a visit.

Although all residents in the localised areas are being asked if they want to book a HFRC, older and vulnerable people will be prioritised.

Fire technicians and volunteers are currently delivering letters and postcards to the relevant properties. The letters state when the technicians and volunteers will return to the area and ask residents to put the postcard in their window if they would like a HFRC.

If the suggested date is not convenient, people are advised to call Freephone 0800 0241 999 to arrange another time that is more suitable for them.

The aim of the initiative is to highlight the potentially life-saving effect that smoke alarms can have.

During the HFRCs, fire and rescue service personnel can fit new smoke detectors in properties that don’t have any or replace equipment that is not working. They will also ensure that the smoke alarms are in the appropriate position to alert the occupants of a fire at the earliest opportunity.

The team will talk to people about safety hazards in the home and discuss escape routes, should an emergency occur.

Station Manager at Tamworth Jason Maudsley said: "Our trained technicians and volunteers are specifically targeting areas where there has been a low take-up of HFRCs. As a Service, we recognise the importance of preventative measures in helping to keep people safe and, potentially, save lives.

"We are also using technology to pinpoint areas that have a high proportion of older or vulnerable residents who tend to be at a greater risk of being a victim of a house fire.

"I would strongly urge residents to take us up on the offer. The visits don’t take a lot of time to carry out but the impact they have can be long lasting. I would also encourage anyone who has an older or vulnerable friend, relative or neighbour to contact us and to arrange a visit on their behalf. We have had instances in Staffordshire where people have been alerted to a fire thanks to their smoke alarms activating. Those vital seconds can save lives."