Welcome from the Chief Fire Officer
Start the new year with safety in mind
Many of us made New Year’s resolutions at the start of the month – how many are still going strong? One resolution I’m hoping that residents across the region will adhere to is to protect their homes by taking on board some basic safety advice.
We attended a number of serious, some even tragic, fires during 2018 – so my heartfelt plea to residents is for us to work together to make 2019 as safe as possible.
Fitting a smoke alarm could save your life
The most important advice I can give is to ensure you have working smoke alarms installed in your home, and to test them regularly. A working alarm can give you the vital time needed to escape in the event of a fire, and the early warning to allow firefighters to tackle it before it takes hold.
We’ve seen many instances of smoke alarms alerting occupants over the last year, including at a fire in Llanfairynghornwy, Anglesey last February where a man in his 80s was alerted to an electrical fire in his home. Smoke alarms had been fitted by firefighters as part of a free safe and well check at the property.
Smoke alarms offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but unfortunately most people simply fit and forget, and are not aware when the detector might be coming to the end of its lifespan.
So remember to maintain your alarms in good working order and test them by pushing the button regularly. Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home - fit smoke alarms on landings, hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance. Also, please take a moment to check on those who may be less able than you to ensure that they are also fully protected.
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