It is Home Safety Week this week!

1 October marks the start of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Home Safety Week 2019, a campaign which aims to keep families safe and reduce the risk of fire in a home. 

To support the campaign, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) would like to provide as much information as possible to the local community to ensure that residents understand how to keep both themselves and their loved ones safe.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso, said:

“Some of the first steps to home safety is having a fire escape plan and working smoke alarms on every level. Having working smoke alarms buy you time and increase your chances of safely leaving your home in the event of a fire.

“In Warwickshire, between April 2017 and May 2019, 47% of fires started in the kitchen and in 26% of all fires, cooking was the main cause. Although these fires tend to be non fatal, they are usually preventable, which is why we are encouraging all homeowners, landlords and tenants in Warwickshire to install a heat alarm in their kitchen and test it regularly.

“To reduce the risk of a fire, don’t leave cooking unattended, keep oven gloves and tea towels away from hobs, turn off the heat if you have to leave the kitchen and keep your oven and extractor fan clean and free from grease.”

Cllr Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety said:

“We want to reduce the risk of house fires in Warwickshire, so to support Home Safety Week I would like to encourage all residents to spend some time planning how they might get out in the event of a fire – having an escape plan can mean the difference between life and death.

“WFRS are committed to making sure that everyone in Warwickshire has all of the information they need to check the fire safety in their home. If you or a loved one are unsure of what steps to take, you can request a free Safe and Well visit from your local fire station”.

For more information on Safe and Well visits, planning an escape route and fire safety tips in the home, click here – https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafety