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Safety scheme reaches 25,000 homes milestone

A scheme which makes sure fire safety advice gets to the people who need it most has reached a major milestone having visited 25,000 homes in the county.

The Service’s Targeted Intervention scheme, which sees officers visiting homes which are most at risk of having a fire, has been running for nearly 18 months.

Using information from previous incidents and sophisticated statistical data, ECFRS create maps of the areas in which homes are most likely to have fires, even identifying specific addresses where fire is most likely to strike. Those homes are then visited by Community Safety Officers or Firefighters who make sure they get the help and advice they need.

Officers will either carry out free home safety visit or give people the advice and information they need to make their homes safer.

Assistant Divisional Officer James Taylor said: “We have analysed data from house fires for years and used that to develop an in depth picture of the kinds of homes which are most likely to suffer a house fire.

“We then make sure that those homes are targeted with information and offer them home fire safety advice.”

Crews carrying out the interventions deliver safety messages that include:

• The importance of having smoke alarms in your home
• Testing and maintenance of smoke alarms
• Formulating escape plans
• Kitchen Safety
• ECFRS free home safety visits
• Bedtime Routines
• General home safety advice

ECFRS firefighters carrying out these visits will be wearing Essex County Fire and Rescue Service uniforms and clearly displaying their ID badges. If you are at all concerned by a visit to your home from ECFRS officers then call us on 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk

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