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by, RICHARD LIRON Community Fire Safety Officer


Halve the Risk!


Richard explains how Jersey’s Fire & Rescue Service has been working hard to help us stay safe.


Did you know that you are more than twice as likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm?


In 2010 Jersey’s Fire Crews conducted over 250 ‘home fire safety visits’. By the end of the year, the Fire and Rescue Service had provided over 300 smoke alarms free of charge, the majority of which were fitted by the Fire Crews themselves.


The Fire and Rescue Service has


been proactively promoting ‘home fire-safety’ for many years, and first started to fit free smoke alarms in people’s homes in 1998. The service remains committed to its proactive approach and it’s evident that the strategy is bearing fruit. Since 2006, there has been a steady overall decline in the number of house fires in Jersey; even more rewarding than this is the fact that last year saw the lowest number of injuries caused by fire in the same five year period.


The safety messages are very simple: • A working smoke alarm will wake you up during the very early stages of a fire; it will give you the time you need to escape without getting hurt.


• Taking some time ‘now’ to think about what you would do if a fire started in your home, and how you would get help, could prove to be the smartest thing you ever do.


• If you think that a heater or any other electrical device might be faulty, for whatever reason, stop using it immediately!


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• Are you concerned about elderly relatives or vulnerable neighbours? Maybe the Fire & Rescue Service can help – Remember, Jersey Fire and Rescue can provide free home fire safety visits and smoke alarms for those considered to be at risk – Call 445933 to arrange a visit.


• It’s said that ‘fire starts when your attention stops’ – ‘Alcohol is a major contributory factor in instances of fire deaths and injuries’ – take extra care!


If a fire does break out in the home, Get out, Stay out and Call 999.


Widening the Fire-Safety net! Targeting ‘home fire safety’ certainly has produced the desired results, however, to drive down the total number of fires that Jersey Fire & Rescue deal with each year, the service has been widening its focus to include the workplace.


These days, in addition to educating people to make sure they are safe and sound at home, the Fire and Rescue Service has also been providing training to make sure they stay safe from fire at work too.


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