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Home Fire Safety Week 2017

This week is Home Fire Safety Week – look out for safety messages, hints and tips across social media to make your home safer!

As part of Home Fire Safety Week 2017, we are reminding our residents to register their electricals online with the aim of reducing the risk of fires in the home.

The campaign, initiated by the National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC) and supported by us will run from today until Friday 6th October. Throughout the week CDDFRS will be issuing safety advice via our social media channels encouraging the public to buy, install and maintain good quality electricals and smoke alarms and plan safe escape routes.

The public are encouraged to visit www.registermyappliance.org.uk to register their appliances and check for product recalls. Although safety recalls on large white goods are rare, if a problem arises it is crucial that homes with the affected models can be contacted quickly and particularly that older, vulnerable, owners are not left off the radar. 

Andrew Allison, Community Safety Manager for CDDFRS said: “We run a programme of safe and well visits and particularly try to visit the more vulnerable residents in our communities to fit smoke alarms and give advice. Most people will be able to access the internet but for those who can’t, helping them to register via www.registermyappliance.org.uk is a very simple and sensible step, which lots of people could take to help keep their extended family, friends and neighbours safe.”

Stewart Edgar NFCC Prevention lead, said: "Home Safety Week is an opportunity for fire and rescue services to help people prevent their everyday appliances becoming a fire risk. Unfortunately in the UK more than 15,000 fires were linked to white goods and their use in the home in 2015/16. It's important that people are well prepared in case of an incident and help older or vulnerable friends keep their homes safe. "

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