The most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries is to reduce the number of incidents that happen in the first place.
The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Prevention Team sets out to achieve these goals through a system of proactive education, involving a wide range of initiatives aimed at promoting an environment safe from fires, road traffic collisions and other emergencies.
This proactive education is delivered by operational personnel and a dedicated team of Prevention Practitioners, either in people's homes whilst carrying out safer home visits and by talking to members of the public through our attendance at public events or through our work with partnership organisations.
At home or outdoors, your family is potentially at risk, not just from fire, but other hazards too. The safety of your family should always come first and by following some simple advice, you can protect them.
TICK, TOCK, TEST! Before it's too late
Test your smoke alarm this clock change weekend (30 March 2014)
The Fire Kills campaign is again encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this coming clock change weekend. The snappy tagline, 'TICK, TOCK TEST', will help remind us all of the need to test our smoke alarms at this time of year.
Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work. With 211 people dying in fires in the home last year, and over 70% not being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm, it is essential that people test their smoke alarms regularly.
A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. You are four times more likely to survive a fire if you have a working smoke alarm.
Fire Kills campaign's memorable phrase - Tick, Tock, Test - provides a wonderful reminder that will stay in people's minds and hopefully prompt them into action when they go around their home changing their timepieces.
As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is determined to prevent as many deaths as possible and make sure people test their alarms when the clocks change on 30 March 2014.
Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said:
"Tick, Tock, Test is straight talking, easy to remember and intrinsically links clock change weekend to testing your smoke alarm".
"Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it's not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order. Whether the battery is flat, has been used for a child's toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test; and, as over half the people who died in home fires last year were 65 years old or above, this is also a perfect opportunity to test alarms for older relatives who might find it hard to reach their alarms, but are at greater risk".
"By pushing the 'test' button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest - children, parents and friends alike".
So, this clock change weekend, remember - TICK, TOCK, TEST!
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Checking your Electtical Products - Product Recalls
The Electrical Safety Council provides a Product Recall Tool on their web site, containing details of electrical products that have been recalled by manufacturers since 2007. Suffolk FIre and Rescue Service want to ensure that this tool is widely available to the public, and so we would like to encourage organisations interested in electrical safety to install the tool onto their web site. If this is something you would like to do, please download the relevant instructions.
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