The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) are urging people to reduce their risk of house fires as part of NFCC’s Home Fire Safety Week which runs from June 12 to 18.
As many households continue to struggle with the cost of living, people may have made changes or bought products which could mean they run the risk of a fire. A few simple checks and changes can help keep homes safer, save lives and reduce injuries.
The week of action is supported by fire and rescue services across the UK and covers a range of areas, such as electrical safety, smoking and the dangers of illegal cigarettes and the offer of home safety fire checks and fire safety advice from MAWWFRS.
People should make sure they have at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home and carbon monoxide alarms if they have fuel burning appliances such as boilers, open fires, and wood burners. They must be tested regularly to make sure they work.
Home Safety Lead Wayne Thomas says:
“As part of Home Fire Safety Week we are offering help and advice to help people stay safer in their homes. This ranges from simple steps such as installing smoke detection and checking electrical items are safe to how fire services can assist people who are more vulnerable.
“While we understand the pressures people are currently facing and affordability is a major factor for many, I am hoping that by giving practical help and advice, we can raise awareness and offer useful assistance. Prevention work is at the heart of all fire and rescue service work, and we are here to help.”