'Stock up on home safety advice' say firefighters

 
Last updated:
8 January 2016

Firefighters will be encouraging shoppers to stock up on free home safety advice when they spend the day at a major supermarket in Burgess Hill next week.

The crew from Burgess Hill Fire Station will be at Tescos Superstore on Jane Murray Way from 9am until 4pm on Friday (January 15) where they will chatting to customers about the importance of having a working smoke alarm and how to reduce the risk of a fire in their home.

The event is part of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s continuing campaign to reduce the number and impact of dwelling fires across the county. Between November 30 2014 and December 1 2015 there were 15 accidental house fires within Burgess Hill station’s ground.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service's Information Bus and Community Volunteers will also be on hand throughout the day so that people can access a host of interactive information on staying safe at home.

Watch Manager at Burgess Hill Fire Station, Chris Bowles, said:

“This is a great opportunity for us to talk to people about the simple things they can do to keep themselves safe. Most fires in the home are preventable – for example careless or unattended cooking, electrical sockets that have been overloaded, cigarettes not properly extinguished, chimneys left un-swept for too long. A few simple changes to our habits and routines can considerably reduce the risk of a fire starting.
 
“We’ll also be talking to people about the importance of having a working smoke alarm. We tend to take our smoke alarms for granted – assuming they will work when we need them rather than testing them regularly to make sure they are working. We’ll also be encouraging people to think about older relatives or neighbours who may need a little help to test theirs.”  

Did you know that West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offers free Home Safety Visits for those over 65 or those at higher risk of fire? Call 0845 872 9719 to find out if you or someone you care for is eligible.

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