East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is offering help make homes safer following three serious fires.
At 12.29 on 23 May 2021, the service attended a fire at a residential property in Farley Bank, Hastings. The following day the service was called out at 00.17 to a home on Lewes Road, Brighton and one person was taken to hospital. At 16.29, a home on Shaftesbury Road in Brighton was also damaged by fire and one person taken to hospital.
Fire investigations are underway.
Mark Matthews, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said:
“We take every fire very seriously and want to do all we can to prevent other people from going through the experience of having their home damaged and – worse still – needing hospital treatment. We ask that anyone who wants help or advice checks out our website or gets in touch.”
Home Safety Visits and online checks
We offer free home safety visits – by phone or in person – to everyone in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Call 0800 177 7069, email Homefire.Safetyvisits@esfrs.org or go to https://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/ for more information.
We also have an online safety check.
This easy-to-follow home fire safety check has been developed through a partnership between the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Fire Kills and Safelincs. It will take you through your home one room at a time and the simple questions will help you spot fire risks as you go around your home.
The tool will offer tips and advice on the steps you can take to reduce those risks. At the end, you will receive a personalised fire safety action plan to help keep you and your household safe from fire.
Take part here: https://www.safelincs.co.uk/hfsc/?ref=ESFRS
Six steps to a safer home
• Smoke alarms - protect your home with working smoke alarms by installing them on every level and testing them every week.
• Take extra care in the kitchen - 50% of accidental house fires started in the kitchen.
• Check your electrics, maintain your electrical appliances and consider registering your appliances.
• Smoking is the biggest house fire killer so make sure you put it out, right out.
• You are more at risk from fire when asleep so bring in a nighttime routine to you’ve reduced the chance of fire
• Make sure you know how to get out in an emergency.
Read more about this advice here: https://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/safer-homes/