North Somerset partnership sees 1,000th tenant receive fire safety advice

The 1,000th tenant of North Somerset’s largest landlord has received fire safety advice in her home, thanks to a partnership between Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS), NSHousing and Quadron.

Mary Amey, from Weston-super-Mare, is the latest NSHousing tenant to receive a Home Fire Safety Visit since the partnership was formed in September 2009.

Through the partnership, staff from Quadron, which carries out maintenance for the housing association, have been trained by firefighters from AF&RS to deliver fire safety advice as part of their standard inspections.

During the visits to local homes they discuss fire safety issues with tenants and provide information and leaflets. The most at risk tenants are referred on to AF&RS staff who revisit the home to provide more specific help and advice.

Mrs Amey, who has lived at the Laburnum Court residence for the last two and a half years, has had experience of fire in her home before.

She said: “Me and my husband lived at Monica Wills House in Bedminster which had a fire in 2006 – it was not a very nice experience.

“Knowing the damage fire can cause, I feel that I am more aware of preventing fire in my home, although this visit has given me some reassurance.”

Barrie Houghton, AF&RS Group Manager for North Somerset added: “This partnership is one that has great benefits for some of the more vulnerable members of our community. I’m delighted that something that stemmed from such a simple idea, has already led to 1,000 residents being safer in their homes.”

AF&RS carries out Home Fire Safety Visits for people living in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.