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Fire safety fears prompt day of action in Blackburn
9:21am Wednesday 5th September 2012 in News
FIREFIGHTERS will be heading to the Lammack area of Blackburn on Saturday to promote fire safety after two serious fires in the area where people had to be rescued.
There has been growing concern from firefighters that some of Lammack’s residents may not be following fire safety advice.
Crew manager Dave Widdop, from red watch at Blackburn Fire Station, said that after a fire the service carries out a ‘hot strike’.
He said this involves fire crews visiting surrounding properties offering home fire safety checks which include checking existing smoke alarms and replacing faulty ones for free.
“The results of the two hot strikes gave us some cause for concern given that out of over 30 properties we visited within the Lammack area the vast majority had no smoke alarms what so ever.
“Obviously any property without a smoke alarm is a serious matter as without them the risk of injury or indeed loss of life is greatly increased.”
Firefighters will be parked up at the Lammack Methodist Church car park from 9am until 4.30pm offering free smoke alarms and a free home fire safety check to anyone who wants one.
The day is open to residents of all areas. If you are unable to attend, call 0800 169 1125 to arrange a free home safety visit.
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