Firefighters from Chichester Fire Station are doing something a little bit different to remind everyone that keeping your home safe from fire this Christmas season could be easier than you think.
Over half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity. And nine out of ten electrical fires are caused by electrical products.
So to promote electrical fire safety, our firefighters will be out and about in Chichester next week (20-24 Nov) dressed as an everyday electronic device! Photos will be posted to Chichester Fire Station’s Facebook page and if you share the post and name the location then you’ll be entered into a special draw for a surprise prize, details of which will be announced at the end of the week.
If you don’t manage to find a firefighter don’t worry, the crew will be at Portfield Retail Park, near John Lewis, on Friday 24 November from 09:00-15:00 handing out safety tips and tricks to keep your home safe, make sure you visit them to get all the safety information you need.
Our crews will be supported by colleagues from West Sussex County Council’s Waste Services which will ensure that residents also have access to advice about the safe disposal of electrical goods, including batteries which can pose a serious fire threat to both refuse lorries and waste facilities.
Watch Manager Carl Halewood, who’s organising the initiative, says; “We wanted to do something a little different in the hope that it might capture people’s attention and help more residents learn about the electrical fire risks in their home. We’re delighted that Waste Services will be joining us to add to the information on offer and we would like to say a huge thank you to John Lewis, Portfield for supporting our event.”
Elsewhere in the county, fire crews in Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Shoreham will also be out and about promoting good electrical safety practices through the week.
These activities are all in aid of Electrical Fire Safety Week (20-26 Nov), a national awareness week to increase understanding of electrical fire risks and the simple steps that people can take to avoid a devastating fire in their homes.
For more information and safety advice on electrical fires please visit Electrical Safety First.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.