Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s SAFER Day on Saturday 21st January was an overwhelming success as nearly 11,000 smoke alarms and Home Fire Safety Checks were provided for members of the public.
Every fire station was open to the public from 11am until 5pm and at times, people were queuing for smoke alarms. People who came down to the station could also get a tour of the station and fire engines, whilst children were given the opportunity to sit in the vehicles and watch fire safety videos.
Firefighters and Community Fire Safety practitioners were also at various locations such as supermarkets, shopping centres and football grounds to provide fire safety advice as well as handing out smoke alarms.
Peter Holland, Chief Fire Officer for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Saturday was an overwhelming success for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. We would like to thank everyone who helped promote the event and who helped us hand out thousands of smoke alarms to people from all over the county.”
“Only in the early hours of Saturday morning were we reminded of the importance of smoke alarms. In South Shore, a man had fallen asleep on his sofa whilst cooking and he only woke up as his smoke alarm activated. Without the alarm, the situation for him and his mother could have been a lot more serious.”
“We urge the people who picked up a smoke alarm on Saturday to ensure that the alarm has now been fitted correctly and that it is tested weekly. If anyone missed out on a free smoke alarm, they can still pick one up via our free Home Fire Safety Check. This can be arranged by dialling our freephone number 0800 1691125 or by visiting our website www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk“