With a cost of living crisis currently sweeping across the country, South Yorkshire’s fire service has doubled down on its efforts to keep people safe.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is today, Friday 1 July, launching a new online home safety check service which allows residents to explore whether they are at particular risk of fire.
This home safety assessment system will supplement the virtual home safety check service that fire officers launched last year.
This means that hundreds of thousands of local people are now able to self-assess their fire risk at no personal cost to them.
“We are proud that our community safety and education work has led to a huge reduction in house fires over the last decade, but we know we have to do more. This is especially the case given the current cost of living crisis,” said Area Manager Matt Gillatt, head of community safety.
“This new online tool, along with our virtual safety check system, means that home safety assessments are available for everyone – regardless of your risk level.
“Our ask is for everyone to take five minutes to run through one of these checks. Even if you don’t think you’re at risk, it’s always worth checking and taking on board our advice.
“Unfortunately, our experience shows that fire can hit anywhere, at any time. And it can be physically, emotionally, mentally and financially devastating.
“Finding a few minutes right now could potentially save you a lot of hassle and pain in the future. For you and your family.”
The software for the online home safety check system has been made available to all fire services across the United Kingdom, by the National Fire Chief’s Council.
Senior fire officers hope that the new system will soon be adopted all over the country, leading to a standardised and consistent approach to identifying and logging home safety issues.
When running through the online checks, users will be asked a range of interactive questions about their home, their family and their lifestyle.
They will then be invited to book an in-person visit if they meet the criteria.
The initial online check takes around two minutes to complete, before a decision is made around eligibility. Residents are then invited to provide information around individual rooms.
You can find out more and take a check yourself at www.syfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/request-a-visit.