Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Summer Safety: British Sign Language Video

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has released a British Sign Language giving deaf communities throughout Essex advice on how to stay safe in the sunshine.

The video builds on the work carried out by the Service during Deaf Awareness Week in May. It is the first in a series of fire safety videos which will be released monthly each offering advice on different aspects of fire safety.

The video features Grace Gilmore, who is profoundly deaf, using British Sign Language to let people know about the best way they can stay safe as they head to enjoy the sunshine.

Paul Pemberton, Community Safety, said: “We are building on the work we did during deaf awareness week and plan on creating a new British Sign Language safety video on a different subject every month.

“This month the video deals with Summer fire safety including barbecues, countryside safety and advice for people heading out on a camping or caravanning holiday.

“We work hard to make sure that as many people as possible get our safety messages and that no groups are excluded and we plan on releasing a series of videos which use British Sign Language and subtitles to ensure that the deaf community know the best ways to stay fire safe.

“I would like to thank Grace Gilmore for her help producing the video. If it wasn’t for her volunteering her time to sign for us then this video would not have been possible.”

More Summer fire safery advice can be found here.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provides free smoke alarms, including sensory alarms for deaf people, as part of a home fire safety visit. To arrange a visit completely free of charge please fill in the form found here.

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