Press Release

Register for a free safe and well visit and make sure your alarms are working

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is welcoming all residents to attend community events to make sure they are safe and well.

The events, which have been taking place in town centres throughout the winter and are continuing into autumn this year, are a chance for residents to speak to dedicated community safety advisors about how to keep safe and well in their homes. They also discuss health and wellbeing.

Firefighters who carry out the safe and well visits also fit smoke alarms for free as well as giving advice on personal safety.

Smoke alarms are an essential piece of equipment for every building and home. There should be at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and you should check them regularly to ensure they are working.

Last week, there were two separate household fires and in both instances, smoke alarms saved the lives of the families involved.

There were 4,145 safe and well visits carried out in 2014/15. Safe and well visits are a way of working with communities to significantly reduce the number of incidents that happen in the county.

There are four community events planned over the next few months, all in town centres:

The events all take place on a Saturday and run during the day. There are also plans for events in Chipping Campden in July, Wotton in August and Fairford in September, with dates to be confirmed.

Safe and well visits are a way of proactively working with communities to significantly reduce the number of incidents that can occur. Teams carry out roughly 500 visits a month.

Village Agents, Trading Standards, Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, local police, Red Cross and more will also be at the events.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer, said: "I cannot stress enough the importance of smoke alarms."

"They could save your family's life one day, make sure that you test them regularly, and if your alarm isn't working or you don't have one, do not delay - get one today."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: "These events are extremely important. They allow people to engage with trained officers to make sure they are safe and well, and can arrange for their home to be assessed."

"These visits are free and anyone can request one through www.glosfire.gov.uk or GFRS on 0800 180 41 40."

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17th February 2016

Issued by: Matt White, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093, email: matt.white@gloucestershire.gov.uk