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Help us understand more about fires in the home

Date : 01 November 2017

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service would like your help in understanding more about fires which happen in the home.

An online survey has been launched, asking a series of questions about what people were doing when they had a fire – or if they have ever had a “near miss”.

The Service will also be out and about in November, asking members of the public about their experiences as well as giving out advice and explaining more about the steps you can take to protect yourself.

Mark Matthews, Assistant Director of Safer Communities, said:

“We want to hear from people who have had fires – however small – and those who have had a near miss – maybe you’ve accidentally knocked over a candle or forgotten you have food on the hob. We’d like to find out what was going on just before that happened – where you distracted by something? Had you put a timer on or fallen asleep? All of this information means we can think about new ways to help people stay safe in their homes.”

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K77MZ7X and will be open until the end of November 2017.

Please come down and see us if you have questions about fire safety, smoke alarms or want to take part in the survey face to face.

• Eastbourne – Arndale Centre  3 November 2017 from 9am until 5.30pm
• Hastings – Priory Meadow 10 November 2017 from 9am until 5.30pm
• Brighton - Jubilee Library 17 November 2017 from 10am until 4pm

The Service will also be promoting Home Safety Visits. Our specially trained staff will visit your home and give you advice on how to reduce the risk of having a fire.

Contact us if you or someone you know would like to find out more.


Top home safety tips

Reduce the risk of fire in your home in Six Simple Steps

1.    Protect your home with working smoke alarms - install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them every ewek
2.    Take extra care in the kitchen - over 50% of accidental house fires start in the kitchen
3.    Check your electrics - check and maintain your electrical appliances
4.    Smoking - Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out!  
5.    Make sure you sleep safe - a bedtime routine can reduce the risk of fire whilst you're asleep
6.    Plan a safe escape - make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency


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