Fire deaths in Sheffield fell dramatically in the last year, with a 75% reduction in fatalities in accidental house fires.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue prevention work has been a major factor in the reduction, with just one person dying in accidental house fires in 2009/2010, compared to four in 2008/09 and four in 2007/08.
Injuries – a more reliable measure in cutting risk to the public – also reduced by a massive 230% since 2006, with just 40 injuries recorded following accidental house fires in the 12 month period covering up to 31 March 2010, compared to 92 in the same period three years ago.
The overall number of accidental dwelling fires has also dropped yet again to 304, compared to 331 three years ago.
Free home safety checks remain the cornerstone of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s prevention agenda, complementing a portfolio of other community safety initiatives such as schools work and targeted awareness campaigns.
During a home safety check, firefighters or community safety staff will visit your home at a convenient time to advise on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire.
They will also fit a free smoke alarm if your house is without one and explain how to maintain it correctly.
There are a number of other things you can do to stay safe in your home, including:
- Make sure you have an evacuation plan
- Don’t smoke in bed
- Don’t overload electrical sockets
- Take care if using candles
And remember – if you discover a fire in your home:
- Do not investigate, get everyone out and stay out. Do not stop or go back.
- Call 999 and ask for the fire service.
- If you are unable to get out, stay together in one room near an open window and wait to be rescued.
To arrange your Home Safety Check, or for general fire safety advice, call 0114 253 2314, text FREE to 87023 or visit www.syfire.gov.uk.
Accidental house fires in Sheffield 2009/10 compared to 2008/09