Wales Fire and Rescue Service is offering free smoke alarms
and fire safety advice to all homes throughout the Caldicot
area. All householders can register for a Home Fire Safety
Check by telephoning the freephone number 0800 3281830
or by calling into their local Fire Station.
fire crews will then make an appointment to visit their
home and carry out a fire safety check, where many people
will find themselves eligible for smoke alarms to be supplied
and fitted free of charge. Fire-fighters will look for
potential danger areas in the home, offer guidance on
how to reduce the risk of fire, as well as encouraging
occupants to think about an escape plan in the event of
Officer at Caldicot Fire Station, Alison Kibblewhite,
said: 'The death rate in domestic fires where there is
no working smoke alarm is twice as high than in homes
fitted with a working smoke alarm. Fitting and maintaining
a smoke alarm is the simplest and most effective way of
in homes with a working smoke alarm are likely to be discovered
more quickly than those without an alarm and give the
occupants more time to escape from their property.
are urging everyone in the area to take advantage of the
Home Fire Safety Check initiative, and book an appointment
using the freephone number or by calling into Caldicot
Fire Station today.'
if people already have a working smoke alarm at home,
they will also benefit from the sound, professional fire
safety advice given by the fire-fighters, which could
reduce the risk of fire at their property.
Wales Fire and Rescue Service recommends fitting smoke
alarms on every level of your home and that they should
be tested weekly, cleaned out with the vacuum cleaner
nozzle every six months, and have their batteries replaced