- Monday, 13 June 2022 09:53
As the cost of living soars, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are joining the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) in urging local people to take fire safety precautions to help keep their home safe.
The advice comes on the NFCC's national Home Fire Safety Week (13 - 19 June 2022), which aims to keep people safer from fire in their homes. Understandably, many residents are looking to reduce energy bills as the cost of living continues to increase and we're encouraging people to make sure they do so safely.
Many people are using "Economy 7", or energy bill tariffs that are cheaper during quieter periods of day, such as overnight. While these may be cheaper, they can pose a significant fire risk if appliances are used unsupervised. Where possible, we encourage all local people to not charge and run appliances unsupervised.
Area Manager for Risk Reduction, Steve Quinton, 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 what we do and we are here to help.”
While you may be looking for cheaper appliances, ensure that all electrical products in your home are safe by buying from reputable retailers and known brands. Don't be tempted to save money by buying cheaper electrical products online or from social media sites. They may not meet safety standards and can be a fire risk.
There are many other ways in which you can prevent fire and other hazards from occurring in your home, and resources can be found by visiting our website.
You may also be eligible for a Home Fire Safety Visit from AF&RS. During these visits our staff can help you make a few simple changes to reduce the risk of fire happening in your home, as well as helping you prepare a plan in the event of a fire.
To find out if you are eligible and book your visit, visit our website. If you are not eligible, our team can still provide you with home fire safety advice in another format, also accessible online.