Firefighters spread the word on safety

December 05 2016

FIREFIGHTERS went back to school when they joined pupils to talk about the importance of fire safety in the home.

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FIREFIGHTERS went back to school when they joined pupils to talk about the importance of fire safety in the home.

The crew, from Blue Watch at Kingswood Fire Station, led an assembly at Park Primary School where they thanked pupils for completing a home fire safety project.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service is supporting the national Fire Kills campaign by encouraging local school children and their families to test their smoke alarms.

Children from the Kingswood school brought home a letter asking parents and guardians to work with their child to ensure their home is safe from fire by checking the smoke alarm batteries and completing the home fire safety survey.

Smoke alarms provide a warning that fire has broken out and could give occupants of a house vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night.

Between April 2015 and March 2016 AF&RS attended 539 house fires. There was no smoke alarm fitted in 185 (34%) of these, however this has improved by 7% compared with last year where 41% of homes had no smoke alarm. AF&RS group manager for Risk Reduction, Matt Peskett, said: “Kingswood firefighters were delighted to join in the school assembly and thank the children for completing their home fire safety project.

“Working with Park Primary School provides us with an opportunity to offer children really important fire safety messages and projects which they can take home and complete with their family.”

AF&RS offers free home fire safety visits where staff provide fire safety advice and fit free smoke alarms if required.

To book, visit www.avonfire.gov.uk, call 0117 926 2061 or text VISIT to 07507 319694.