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Fire safety reminder to Swindon residents

Date: 28th November, 2019

Swindon residents are being reminded to be more fire safe in the home, after more than half of all accidental fires in the town over the last year were due to cooking or smoking.

Since December 2018, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has attended 124 accidental fires in the home within the Swindon area – 64 of these were directly attributed to cooking, and eight related to smoking.

Group Manager Glyn Moody said: “The local figures reflect the national picture, where 48% of all accidental dwelling fires last year were down to cooking appliances, and 8% were attributed to smokers’ materials. However, fires involving smokers are where we see the most fatalities, and we had one such fire death locally in the last year.”

He added: “Wherever possible, we carry out Safe & Well visits following fires in the home, which include fitting smoke alarms and advising the occupants on how best to prevent further fires in the future. In some cases, we also do ‘hot strikes’, where we target other homes on the street, as those neighbours will be aware that something has happened and will want to be better protected themselves.”

Amongst the Service’s top tips for kitchen safety are:

These simple steps can help prevent a cigarette fire in the home:

Group Manager Moody said: “The most important thing that any home can have is a working smoke alarm, and ideally one on every level of the property. Once they’re fitted, they must be tested regularly – and if you’re unfortunate enough to have a fire, get out, stay out, and call 999.”

To request a free Safe & Well visit, or to find out more information about being safe at home, visit www.dwfire.org.uk

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