Firefighters to offer safety advice at Asda this weekend

Published: 25 Apr 2018

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be offering fire safety advice for the home to shoppers in Asda stores in Watford and Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 28 April.

Fire services across the UK are delivering this information in support of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC’s) collaboration with Asda. The supermarket chain was keen to offer fire services the opportunity to help keep people safer. They made 100 stores available to deliver safety messages as part of a National Fire Safety Day.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be at the Asda stores in Hemel Hempstead and Watford between 10am and 4pm.

In addition to fire safety advice for the home there will also be information and guidance about some of the services which may be available to you or family and friends from your local fire and rescue service.

Fire service advice for a safer home:

• Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service recommend that every home should have at least one smoke alarm on each level. Make sure that the smoke alarm is placed where you can hear it – even through a closed door.
• Test your smoke alarm regularly. A smoke alarm can buy you valuable time in the event of a fire, but only if it works.
• Be careful how you cook – around 50% of home fires start in the kitchen. Don’t get distracted when you are cooking and avoid cooking when you have consumed alcohol.
• Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers Safe and Well visits to people most at risk of a home fire. If you or someone you know may benefit from a visit please contact via or on 0300 123 4046.
• If you live in privately rented accommodation, your landlord must meet certain safety obligations under the law. This includes making sure appliances are safe and in good working order and smoke alarms are installed.

Area Commander Steve Holton, Head of Prevention at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s fantastic that Asda offered UK fire services the opportunity to meet with their customers and offer life-saving advice on fire prevention. We hope this will make sure the people who need this help most get access to it, and that our presence reminds people that fire prevention should be part of everyday life – just like popping to the supermarket.”