Educational safety visits reducing fires in Gloucestershire
Thousands of vulnerable people across the county have benefitted from ‘Safe and Well’ visits being carried out by Gloucestershire firefighters.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has increased the number of educational fire safety visits it carries out by 150 per cent over the last five years. Last year, GFRS carried out 7,146 visits, 75 per cent of which were carried out to people identified as at risk, such as the elderly and vulnerable adults.
‘Safe and Well’ visits allow GFRS to discuss all aspects of home safety with residents including their own health and well being. A team of dedicated community safety advisors work across the county carrying out ‘Safe and Well’ visits and giving advice.
The best way to prevent fire injuries and fatalities is to prevent the fire from happening in the first place. GFRS resources targeted those that needed it the most and worked together with partner agencies that support people who are vulnerable.
The latest Home Office data shows that GFRS has reduced accidental house fire by 25 per cent over the last 12 months despite an increase regionally.
Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer for GFRS, said: “This demonstrates that the work we are doing is making the people of Gloucestershire safer by reducing the number of incidents and domestic fires we are attending.
“This is excellent news for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and for the county as a whole. Our home safety checks have had a hugely positive impact on people’s safety in Gloucestershire over several years.
“Community safety is our main priority and these statistics show how hard we’re working to keep people safe and educate them to look after themselves.”
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire and rescue, said: “The fire and rescue service is a vital part of our county’s emergency responses. The work that firefighters have carried out for many years has been critical in driving down fires and other life threatening incidents. It’s wonderful to see the work we are doing continue to keep the people of Gloucestershire safe.”
If you feel you or someone that you know needs a ‘Safe and Well’ visit, then contact us on 0800 180 41 40 to arrange your visit or fill in the request form online here: http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/forms/homesafetycheck.asp