Teesside is one of the safest places to live in the Country

Residents on Teesside can be rest assured they live in one of the safest places in the Country as latest figures show accidental house fires are once again at an all-time low.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer

Fire Chiefs from Cleveland Fire Brigade are delighted to announce that during 2012/2013 accidental house fires have dropped once more by 17% with only 161 taking place.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer spoke about the newly released figures saying, “To think back in 2000/2001 we attended 650 accidental house fires compared with 161over the last year. This is a massive achievement and one which we are very proud of. Each year we have continued to reduce the number of these fires to protect the people across Teesside in their homes.”

Mr Hayton went on to say, “We pride ourselves on the hard work, innovative thinking and different ways we help our residents keep safe. Our staff work in the heart of our communities alongside our volunteer network who now have 150 volunteers. We run a raft of successful initiative’s which are invariably ran in conjunction with partners to maximise their success.

“One scheme which we are particularly proud of is our Stay Safe and Warm campaign which helps people keep safe and warm in their homes, particularly through the colder months. Last year we helped over 300 households keep safe and warm, which was an increase of 60% on the previous year. This has resulted in us making a real difference to people’s lives, as worryingly 25,000 people die each winter through fuel poverty.

“We also carried out over 23,600 free Home Fire Safety Visits last year, of which 4,000 of those were to vulnerable people. These numbers now mean we have carried out these visits in 50% of homes across Cleveland.

“We are also very proud to have pioneered the first low cost domestic sprinkler system in the country, which we believe is the future in preventing fire deaths in the home, and we have just fitted them into a another set of houses in Hartlepool.

“Although we have achieved a lot in the past year, we are determined to continue making our communities safer including reaching out to the other 50% of residents who haven’t had a Home Fire Safety Visit which is a free service. I would urge that every home has one to help keep them and their family safer from fire so please call us now on 01429 874063 to arrange one today.”

To view the full 2012/13 Performance & Efficiency Report visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/priorities

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To help keep you and your family safe from fire, the Brigade provides free Home Fire Safety Visits and will fit smoke alarms if needed. Call 01429 874063 to arrange a visit to your home and you will receive specific fire safety advice for you and your family.