Home safety visits reduce accidents

August 28 2015

A HORFIELD man is one of the thousands of people to benefit from Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s home fire safety visits.

A HORFIELD man is one of the thousands of people to benefit from Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s home fire safety visits.

Since launching in 2006, over 100,000 homes have been visited by fire crews, who have offered fire safety advice and free smoke alarm fitting.  

The service has recorded a 26% decline in accidental house fires since the scheme started.

Dave Boulter MBE, who lives in Horfield, said: “One of my smoke alarms wasn’t working properly so I booked a visit and when firefighters arrived they talked me through a range of steps I could take to reduce the risk of fire breaking out in my home.

“Simple things like closing all internal doors and switching off all electrical appliances which don’t need to be left on before going to bed can make all the difference. The advice was tailored to my needs and I now feel safer in my home as a result.

“I can’t thank Avon Fire and Rescue Service enough.”

The service has also developed an app which crews are using when visiting homes. It features photographs and short films to reinforce messages during the visit.

To book a visit for yourself or someone you care about, call 0117 926 2061, or text ‘visit’ to 07507 319 694 or go to www.avonfire.gov.uk.