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St Helens fire crews to head into communities as part of safety drive
THREE people died and 72 people have been injured in house fires across the borough in the past three years.
The figures – which show 16 out of the 72 had burns injuries – have been released prior to Fire Safety Week, which will see a drive to reduce the risk of blazes in people’s homes.
The campaign will see St Helens firefighters head into communities to focus on key messages, including using deep fat fryers instead of chip pans and the importance of having working smoke alarms.
Out of 595 house fires across St Helens attended by firefighters between January 2010 and September 16 this year, 200 of the properties had no smoke alarms.
Five did have a smoke alarm but the battery had been removed.
Fire Safety Week starts on Monday, and each day will have a dedicated theme, starting with smoke alarms, home fire safety advice and escape routes.
The week coincides with UK Older People’s Day, which will see an event take place at Langtree Park on Tuesday, where fire prevention staff will be celebrating the lives of pensioners living in St Helens.
On Wednesday and Thursday, firefighters will visit schools, and on Friday a team will have a market stall at Parr Mount Court sheltered housing in Fingerpost for Helena residents.
This is intended to promote safety in the kitchen.
The fire service also has a stock of oil-filled heaters to replace unsafe heaters in people’s homes.
These are being distributed through referrals.
For further information email fireservicedirect2@ merseyfire.gov.uk.
St Helens fire chief Chris Case said: “Every week we see examples where smoke alarms have alerted people and given them the vital time they need to escape a fire.”
If you would like free fire safety advice contact 0800 731 5958.
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