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Safer in Shoeburyness

A special pilot scheme aims to ensure that every home in Shoeburyness receives a home fire safety visit and free smoke alarm from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Over the next six weeks, officers from ECFRS will visit every home in the ward to make sure that they are all as fire safe as possible.

The pilot will also trial a new text service which will give Shoeburyness residents the opportunity to book a Home Fire Safety Visit by SMS. To use the new service, people simply have to text the word BLAZE, followed by a space and their postcode to 84433.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “We know that smoke alarms are proven life savers and that the free home fire safety visits we offer make families safer in their homes so we are trailing a new approach by going out and encouraging people to book a visit rather than waiting for them to come to us.

“We are piloting this approach in Shoeburyness. Over the coming weeks we will have staff in the area knocking on doors and talking to people at the shops and in community centres with the aim of making sure every home benefits from a safety visit.

“More and more of the work we do now is aimed at preventing fire. This scheme is a new way for us to get out into the community and really engage with people and help them make sure that they are as safe as possible.”

A series of events will take place throughout September and October with officers visiting all of the nearly 3,000 homes in the ward.

Once the pilot is complete an assessment will take place with the aim of building on the scheme and expanding it to other areas across Essex.

Free home fire safety visits are available throughout the County all year round. To arrange yours, call 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk  It doesn’t have to be for you – if you know an elderly or vulnerable person who could benefit from our services, just let us know.

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