On 9 April 2019, our volunteers were invited to fire safety training at North Lynn Fire and Rescue Station.
Fire safety is so important – it saves lives and this is especially crucial when working with older and potentially vulnerable people. We learnt many valuable tips on preventing fires and keeping everyone safe, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. The key message of the training was: get out as quickly and as safely as possible, and call the fire brigade. Don’t try to tackle the fire yourself. Just a few breaths of smoke are enough to cause someone to pass out, and that’s the last thing you want in an emergency.
If you know someone vulnerable and are concerned about the fire safety in their home, talk to them and see if they’d be happy to have someone from the fire service visit them for a fire safety assessment. Depending on the circumstances, the Community Safety Volunteer can install free smoke alarms to protect against the dangers of fire. Prevention is better than cure, but having an early warning is vital too.