Fire and Rescue Service hopes to reduce number of accidental house fires through raising awareness of risks
In the last three years, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has attended over 2,000 accidental house incidents which were caused by cooking. As part of the national Home Safety Week, which starts today, SWFRS will be looking to share its cook safe messages with the communities of South Wales with the aim of reducing the number of accidental house fires.
However, 40% of the fires attended were ignited by food and the Service is working to raise awareness of how simple behaviour change such as not leaving food unattended can protect homes from the risk of fire. The Service has also found that in the last three years, 51% of injuries received by householders in accidental house fires have also involved food.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has a strong partnership with Electrical Safety First, who have developed their ‘Watch What You Heat’ campaign to prevent householders becoming another fire statistic.
Matthew Jones, Head of Home Safety at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said, “Keeping our communities of South Wales safe in their homes is our priority and accidental fires caused by cooking continues to be one of our biggest challenges. Home Safety Week is a perfect opportunity to ask our communities to think safe when they are preparing meals, but this message goes beyond just one week in the year.
“Our partnerships with organisations like Electrical Safety First mean that we are able to give more than just safety messages, we can signpost and provide information that will keep everyone safe throughout the year.”
SWFRS has the following top tips that they hope that the communities of South Wales will use when cooking:
The Service also recommends that householders register their appliances as Registering is a wise safety precaution as in a very small number of cases, manufacturers may identify problems with an appliance once the product has been in use for some time and they need to get in contact to get the fault corrected as quickly as possible. Registering can also save money through gaining an extended warranty or guarantee period.
For more information about registering appliances, visit www.registermyappliance.org.uk and for more information regarding Home Safety Week and the work that SWFRS are doing within its communities, visit www.southwales-fire.gov.uk
Tel: 01443 232000 Fax: 01443 232165
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