Home Fire Safety Week June 2022

Home Fire Safety Week runs from the 13th until the 19th June Download Image

As the cost of living soars across the UK, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to take fire safety precautions in the home to stay safe. The advice comes ahead of NFCC’s national Home Fire Safety Week taking place between June 13th and 19th, which aims to keep people safer from fire in their homes.

NFCC is concerned that people may put themselves at additional risk as the cost of living increases and remind people to buy, charge and run electrical products safely and ensure they keep warm safely. By taking a few simple steps, people can reduce their risk of fire in the home. NFCC is also urging people not to take additional risks and be alert to how simple measures could save lives and reduce injuries.

The week of action covers a range of areas such as electrical safety, the dangers of illegal cigarettes and the offer of home safety fire checks and fire safety advice. People are being urged to buy electrical products from reputable retailers, to register appliances and always sign up to the national product safety alerts and recalls: https://www.gov.uk/product-safety-alerts-reports-recalls

It is estimated one in four UK households are in fuel poverty and it is reported that the current cost of living issues could push more households into fuel poverty, leading to more fire risks. As many people look to reduce heating bills, LFRS want to ensure people are keeping warm safely. We are encouraging residents to ensure they have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted and portable heaters and electric blankets must be in good working order, not subject to any recalls and used correctly.

Older relatives and neighbours could be vulnerable and at a higher risk in the home and would benefit from a home fire safety check. We can offer vital safety help, advice and solutions, as well as help from a range of organisations. By registering for a home fire safety check, people can explore whether they – along with loved ones or neighbours – could be at greater risk from fire.

You can register for personalised fire safety advice here.

LFRS Prevention lead Kirsty McCreesh said “As the cost of living increases across the entire UK, we are offering help and advice to help people stay safer in their homes. This ranges from simple steps such as smoke detection and checking electrical items 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.”