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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is supporting UK Home Safety Week (24 to 30 March) by launching a range of short films to highlight the advice and services it offers to residents.
The week, coordinated by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA), focusses on encouraging residents to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted on each floor of their homes.
KFRS’s new videos include a short film showing a young mother, Sophie Bryan, from Walderslade, in Chatham, receiving a home safety visit, as well as a chilling account of fire victim, Kirsty Sawyer, who nearly lost her life in a serious fire in Sheppey.
The service has also released excerpts of interviews with fire safety advisor, Terry Cope, talking about home safety and smoke alarms, and community engagement team leader Alan Faulkner, who highlights the specialist services we can provide to elderly and more vulnerable residents. To view the films visit the website.
KFRS Community Safety Manager Charlie Smith said: “A working smoke alarm as part of a home safety strategy is the most critical piece of lifesaving equipment any home can possess and the early warning it offers can mean the difference between life and death.
“Just three breaths of toxic fire smoke can render you unconscious, reducing your chance of surviving if fire breaks out in your home. The consequences of fire should not be underestimated, and hopefully our films will encourage people to take up the free expert advice we offer to help you prevent a fire on our home.”
KFRS offers free safety advice and a range of free services to help reduce the risk of fires in the home. Where needed, its community safety team can provide free home safety visits. These take around 30 minutes and include advice on escape routes, night time safety routines and fire hazards in the home and, if needed, the fitting of free smoke alarms.
In addition, KFRS’s vulnerable people team provides free specialist advice to help people stay independent in their own homes for longer and equipment for more at risk residents, including smoke alarms designed for visually and hearing impaired people.
Specialist help might include providing items such as fireproof bedding and fire retardant materials for immobile smokers, safety gadgets such as cooker switches for dementia sufferers, and fire safety equipment to support those at risk of arson relating to domestic abuse.
To keep your alarms in working order follow these tips:
· Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button on the first of every month
· Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it’s still up to date
· Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
· Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance, e.g. a heater, or other risk
· Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected.
For further information on the free advice and services KFRS provides call 0800 923 7000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.