With the summer holidays fast approaching and more of us getting out and about as Covid restrictions lift, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on everyone to double check their homes are safe from fire.
Lisa Priestman from the Service’s Community Safety Team said:
“We know there are lots of events being planned for the summer and we’re expecting many people to make the most of being in such as great part of the country. We want to make sure that your home is safe when you head out and have some simple ways you can keep your home and loved ones safe. We can even pop round or give you a call with some extra advice – we’d be really pleased to help. We’d be even more grateful if you can mention this to anyone you think would benefit.”
In the year from April 2020, there were 443 accidental fires in home.
55% (245) started in the kitchen, with around 10% (43) in the bedroom.
Common causes include forgetting about cooking, items like tea towels being too close to hot hobs and faulty electrical items.
Welcome to summer checklist
Here are some things you can do for yourself:
• 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.
• Make sure everything is switched off when your leave your home.
• 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.
Want some extra advice?
We offer free Covid-safe 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