Welcome from the Chief Fire Officer
Plan for safety
Many of us made New Year’s resolutions at the start of the month – how many are still going strong? One resolution I’m hoping that residents across the region will adhere to is to protect their homes by taking on board some basic safety advice.
We had a number of serious and tragic fires during 2016 – so my plea to the public is for us to work together to make 2017 as safe as possible. During the year, we attended 421 accidental fires in the home – evidence that fires can happen easily, and cause untold damage and destruction as they develop.
The most important piece of advice I can give is to ensureyou have working smoke alarms installed - a working alarm can give you the vital time needed to escape in the event of a fire, and the early warning to allow firefighters to tackle it before it takes hold. We’ve seen many instances of smoke alarms alerting occupants over the last year, including an in incident in Sealand in July where a smoke alarm awoke and alerted a man to a tumble dryer fire in his home, and a cooking fire in Wrexham in September where smoke alarms alerted neighbours who called 999.
Smoke alarms offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people simply fit and forget, and are not aware when the detector might be coming to the end of its lifespan. There’s nothing more important than keeping our family safe and secure – so it should be easy to find the motivation to make this a resolution that you will definitely want to keep.
Remember to maintain your alarms in good working order and test them by pushing the button regularly. Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home - fit smoke alarms on landings, hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance. Also, please take a moment to check on your less able loved ones, to ensure that they are also fully protected.
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