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Chief Urges Households to Carry out Key Fire Safety Checks in the Home

Date : 23 March 2020


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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind residents of the importance of carrying out regular fire safety checks within the home.

Whether you live alone, with friends, or family, we urge you to take a moment to find out how you can make your home safer.

 Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said: “Firstly, I would like to reassure residents in East Sussex, Brighton & Hove that we will continue to provide both an emergency service and ongoing safety advice.

 “However, due to an increase in both social isolation and home-working, many residents will be spending more time indoors and we are keen to highlight our important fire safety advice within the home at this time.

 “Over the coming weeks, we will be releasing key fire safety messages to ensure residents and businesses remain safe during this period.

 “We would like to direct you to our website where there are simple safety checks that you can carry out.

 “In advance, we would like to thank you for following this safety advice, to keep both yourselves, friends and family safe. Of course, this advice is important at any time but particularly during this time.”

 Six key steps to follow now for a safer home: 

1.Protect your home with working smoke alarms.
2.Take extra care in the kitchen – Look While You Cook!
3.Check your electrics.
4.Smoke safely.
5.Make sure you sleep safe and carry out those all-important nightly safety checks.
6.Plan a safe escape.

 Keep the Kiddies Busy

 Families who are self-isolating may wish to use our online learning resources for children.

 As it has now been announced that UK schools will close from Friday, until further notice, you may wish to keep them busy with our special ‘Kids Zone’ on our website:

Here, you will find lots to do for the children to both keep them busy and teach them important fire safety messages.

 There is educational information here for Key Stages 1-3, as well as resources and activities for both teachers and adults. 

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