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Kitchen Safety Roadshow success

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has successfully completed its Kitchen Safety Roadshow programme with over 3,800 homes visited.

Between July 27 and September 3, the Service’s Community Engagement Team completed 26 safety awareness days in nine wards in Essex.

These wards in Colchester, Harlow, Leigh, Saffron Walden, Southend and Tilbury were identified as being in the top 10 for kitchen fires across the County.

The roadshows included visiting 3,823 homes to discuss ways to keep safe in the home with 561 home safety visits either completed or booked.

ECFRS also had safety stands on 18 of the days (almost 100 hours) at strategic locations and community events within each ward.

Assistant Divisional Officer James Taylor said: “Our Kitchen Safety Roadshow programme reached out to specific communities across the County who have been affected by kitchen fires.

“The roadshows provided an excellent opportunity for us to engage with people within these communities and has undoubtedly allowed us to improve their awareness of fire safety in the kitchen.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped make a large countywide project, over such a short time period, a major success.”

The Kitchen Safety Roadshow project involved our Community Engagement Team, ECFRS volunteers and firefighters from 10 fire stations along with assistance from partner agencies.

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