Latest Cleveland Fire Brigade figures show house fires continuing to drop and the number of call-outs also going down.
From April to June 2018 there were 2,242 incidents, a 22% decrease from the same period last year and 30 accidental dwelling fires, down some 35%.
The figures also show nearly 4500 Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters checked and fitted smoke alarms and gave further advice to keep people safe in their homes. The figure includes nearly 1000 Safe and Well Visits where the Brigade joins forces with health partners to signpost where additional help may be needed.
Nearly 200 people were referred to other agencies and if needed were given added equipment to prevent hazards in the home.
The agencies range from dementia support organisations and befriending services, to stop smoking and alcohol advice.
Steve Johnson, Area Manager, Protection and Prevention, Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “These figures are hugely positive as they demonstrate our fire prevention work is paying dividends and Cleveland continues to be one of the safest places to live in the country.
“We are committed to driving down the number of incidents down even further and look forward to the continued support of everyone in the Cleveland community as well as our partner organisations.”
There were no fire fatalities and injuries fell by 40% to three. The first fire appliance gets to building fires on average in 4 mins 43 seconds and the second to an incident in 6 mins 44 seconds – both well within targets.
For home safety advice go to www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/home