Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service urges people to take fire safety measures as cost of living rises

As the cost of living soars across the UK, the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, alongside the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and fire and rescue services across the UK, urges people to take fire safety precautions at home to stay safe.

The advice comes ahead of National Home Fire Safety Week – which runs from June 13-19 and is aimed at protecting people from fires in their homes.

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, their loved ones or neighbors might be at greater risk of 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.

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.

Angela Opie, Group Leader, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Chief Prevention Officer, said: “As the cost of living rises across the UK, we are offering help and advice to help people stay safe in their homes. This ranges from simple steps such as smoke detection and verification from electrical appliances to how fire and rescue services can help the most vulnerable people.”

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


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Susan W. Lloyd