The fire service has teamed up with food banks in Rotherham in a ground breaking partnership to reduce blazes.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says that working with Rotherham food bank allows them to give vital fire safety information to people who need it the most.
Food bank visitors are encouraged to refer themselves for a home safety check, whereby fire service staff visit a person’s home, explain to them how to make it safer and fit smoke alarms for free if needed. Dozens have signed up so far.
Fire safety officers also hold regular drop in sessions, giving face-to-face safety and fire prevention advice to service users and their families.
Rotherham food bank is part of the Trussell Trust’s network of more than 400 such facilities across the UK.
Fire service staff are also supporting the group’s work by collecting food and donating it to several food banks across South Yorkshire.
Area Manager Steve Helps, said: “House fires have reduced massively in the last decade, but sadly the people who are most likely to suffer a fire are also often the hardest to reach with fire safety information. That’s why it’s important that we work closely with partners, like Rotherham food bank, so that if we can continue reduce deaths and injuries in accidental house fires.”