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Show you care with the gift of free home safety advice

Show you care with the gift of free home safety advice

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12 January 2015

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is encouraging people across the county to keep the season of good will alive beyond the festive period as part of its ‘show you care’ campaign.

The aim is to encourage people to do something meaningful throughout 2015 that really makes a difference to members of our community, who need a little extra help in life; show you care and get peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

That extra help could be to refer a family member, friend or neighbour to KFRS, who will then send their Home Safety team to visit. The team are specially trained advisors who will drop by with free fire safety advice to help make people as fire safe as possible.

Please watch this special home safety visit video - http://bit.ly/1wOyeo5

Lee Rose, KFRS’s Head of Community Safety, said: “Most of us never expect to have a fire in our homes but sadly it can and does happen. It’s not just your treasured possessions that you could lose.

“In the last 12 months we’ve been called to 602[i] accidental fires in people’s homes across Kent and Medway. We are asking everyone to think about anyone in their life who could benefit from extra support like their elderly mum, a young parent with a baby or a neighbour with mobility issues. They could be safer after a visit from one of our specially trained advisors.

People who might be eligible include:

  • Older people
  • People with health or mobility issues that could slow down their escape

KFRS is urging people to give the gift of free fire safety advice; it might save someone’s life.

Rainham couple, Martin and Tracey Cook took up the offer of a free home safety visit recently as their 26-year-old son Joe, has severe disabilities. Martin said: “We contacted Kent Fire and Rescue Service for advice and found the visit really helpful. It was friendly and non intrusive and made us think about things that we hadn’t considered, like the amount of electrical medical equipment Joe has in his bedroom. As a result of the visit Joe now has a smoke alarm in his room, which gives us added peace of mind.”

Tracey added: “None of us like to think about the things that could possibly happen, especially when you’ve got someone who is vulnerable living in your household but we would definitely recommend this service to other families.”

Please watch the Cook’s video here - http://bit.ly/1BYcSrs

Lee Rose said: “With the busy lives most of us lead, its easy to lose sight of what really matters, but if the worst happens; would your family know what to do? Our teams can fit vitally important smoke alarms – every home should have one. However our friendly advisors can also tailor the visit to suit the needs of each person they visit, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. We can provide alarms with special features such as strobe lighting, vibrating alarms and other safety devices.”

Lee ended by making this plea: “Show you care and get in touch today – you’ll be helping keep them safe.”

For free fire safety advice and to see if your friend, loved one or neighbour is eligible for a home safety visit, please call KFRS on 0800 923 7000 (it’s free from landlines) or email home@kent.fire-uk.org  



 

[i]Kent Fire and Rescue - Accidental Dwelling Fires in last 12 months (Jan 14 – Dec 14) = 602 (1.64 ADFs per day attended)

 

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