Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service urges fire safety precautions as cost of living rises

The CUMBRIA Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take fire safety measures as the cost of living crisis continues across the UK.

This call has been backed by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the UK Fire and Rescue Services who are advising the public to take fire safety seriously ahead of National Home Fire Safety Week from 13 to June 19.

The NFCC is concerned that people are exposing themselves to additional risks as the cost of living rises.

By taking a few simple steps, people can reduce their risk of fire in their home:

Electrical products:

Electrical products should always be purchased from reputable retailers and consumers should always sign up for national product safety alerts and recalls so that you are notified of any defective products.

Online home fire safety check:

Using the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s online home safety tool, people can determine if they – and their loved ones or neighbors – might be at higher risk of a fire. This innovative tool helps and advises you.

Home fire safety visits:

Relatives and older neighbors could be vulnerable and at higher risk at home and would benefit from a ‘safe and well’ visit from the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. These can unlock vital help, advice and security solutions, while offering help from a range of organisations.

You can find out more about tours by calling 0800 358 4777, emailing hart@cumbria.gov.uk.

Pay attention to alarms:

It is estimated that one in four UK households is in fuel poverty and it is reported that current cost of living issues could push more households into fuel poverty, leading to more fire risks.

People are encouraged to ensure they are equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. While many people are looking to lower their heating bills, fire and rescue services want to make sure people are warming up safely. Products such as space heaters and electric blankets must be in good working order, free of recalls, and used correctly.

Angela Opie, Group Leader, Head of Prevention for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘As the cost of living rises across the UK, we are offering help and advice to help people stay safe at home.

“This ranges from simple steps such as smoke detection and checking electrical appliances to how fire and rescue services can help those most vulnerable.

“While we understand the pressures people are currently facing and affordability is a major factor for many, I hope that by providing practical help and advice we can raise awareness and offer helpful assistance.

“Prevention work is at the heart of all fire and rescue service work, and we’re here to help.”


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Susan W. Lloyd