Smoke alarms save lives campaign

Scout groups, parents’ groups, schools and sheltered accommodation were visited along with hundreds of homes in a new fire safety campaign.
 
Targeted work was carried out across by firefighters and other service staff as part of a new national campaign to improve fire safety in the home and promote smoke alarms
 
Firefighters also promoted carbon monoxide alarms and the importance of gas appliances being checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer each year.
 
It was  part of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) UK Home Safety Week, and focused on the importance of having working smoke alarms on each level of your home.
 
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “We focused on those who are most vulnerable or at risk of experiencing a fire as well as trying to reach those who we have not had contact with.

“The week saw some excellent work with partners in communities across Merseyside – our key message was: that smoke alarms save lives. If you want to request a Home Fire Safety Check, where you will receive additional fire safety advice including having an escape plan if a fire occurs in your home, call 0800 7315958 or go to www.merseyfire.gov.uk
  
“We urge people to have working smoke alarms on each level of their home and to test them regularly.”
 
Firefighters across stations in Liverpool carried out fire safety awareness campaigns in the community throughout the week and completed 298 Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) and delivered fire safety leaflets to more than 500 properties. The stations included Belle Vale, Kensington, Liverpool City, Old Swan, Speke and Garston and Aintree.
 
Four hundred pupils at Northcote Primary School were also given fire safety talks and presentations during the work.
 
Joanne Henderson, District Prevention Manager for Liverpool South, added: “A fire safety talk was given to 25 pupils in Year 1 at Knotty Ash Primary School. The reason for this talk was not only to cover fire awareness but to tie in with a recent project they had been covering – The Great Fire of London. We highlighted the importance of testing smoke alarms once a week.
 
“Our fire prevention staff also attended an Asylum Seekers and Refugees Group Meeting at Millennium House, in Liverpool city centre which 25 people attended in total including partner organisations such as Asylum Link.”
 
Around 15 residents who were 65-years-old and older were also given a fire safety presentation at Millbank Court in Aintree along with 50 residents at Holmwood/Ashfarm Sheltered Housing Accommodation.
 
More than 240 pupils at Blueberry Park Primary School in Dovecot were visited by a member of the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service fire prevention team who highlighted home fire safety to the youngsters.
 
Student safety leaflets were also delivered student accommodation in Marylebone in Liverpool.
 
For free fire safety advice go to http://www.merseyfire.gov.uk/ or call 0800 731 5958.

Pictured:  Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service District Advocate Rachel Renshaw with pupils from Blueberry Park Primary School (Picture: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service)