Shoppers at Westwood Cross will be taking home more than their bargains this weekend, with the help of Ramsgate’s firefighters. Red watch will be at the shopping centre on Saturday 21 May offering locals advice about keeping their families and homes as fire safe as possible.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is encouraging residents to have smoke alarms fitted on each floor of their homes and to test them weekly to ensure they will work when they are needed.
Most people tend to think that having a fire in the home is unlikely to happen to them, but fires can start without warning and when you least expect it, causing damage to the home and potential injury.
KFRS has adopted a fun approach to smoke alarm testing where the alarms are seen as the family home’s ‘unsung hero’, using smiley-faced smoke alarm images.
Firefighters from red watch will be encouraging residents to consider the risks in the home and to make a pledge to test their smoke alarms weekly, and to link it to weekly activity that they carry out.
Red Watch Manager, Joe Bathurst said: “We recommend that you build in testing your smoke alarm as part of your regular routine alongside another weekly event, such as watching a favourite television programme or after picking the kids up from a weekly club.
“Working smoke alarms provide early warning in the unfortunate event of a fire, allowing vital time for occupants to escape from their home. Smoke alarms really do save lives, as we have seen on numerous occasions, so by getting in to the habit of testing them weekly you can make sure they will work when you need them most.”
He added: “I would also advise all households to make an escape plan and practice it with each member of the family so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.”
If you discover a fire in your home, leave your property immediately, close the internal doors behind you where possible and call 999 for help. Never go back inside, or try to tackle the fire yourself.
Red watch firefighters along with the KFRS Community Safety Team will be at Westwood Cross from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday 21 May 2016.
For information about the free advice and services Kent Fire and Rescue Service offers call 0800 923 7000.