Community reassurance and home fire safety work in Kettering

28 September 2017
Fire engine at Kettering fire station

​Firefighters are delivering community reassurance and home fire safety advice after a man died in a house fire in Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering, on 26 September.

The death of the 46-year-old is not being treated as suspicious by police, and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is investigating the cause of the fire.

While this is ongoing, NFRS crews are conducting door-to-door visits in the immediate area to offer home fire safety advice and reassurance to residents. Home fire safety leaflets are also being distributed.

Community reassurance

Jason Urbani, station manager at Kettering fire station, said: “We’re making sure we have a presence in the community following this tragic incident, to provide help and information to anyone with concerns about home fire safety.

“By conducting a range of activities we hope to reach as many people as possible, highlighting the importance of having working smoke alarms. You should also have an escape plan that the whole family understands, so everyone knows what to do if their alarms go off. Remember, get out, stay out and dial 999.”

Information leaflets and posters will also be made available at local community centres and community safety officers are making arrangements to visit Kettering Buccleuch Academy to give fire safety advice to pupils.

Home fire safety advice

  • Ensure you have at least one working smoke alarm on every floor of your home
  • Test each smoke alarm at least once a month
  • Create an escape plan with everyone you live with, and practise it so you all know how to get out in an emergency
  • Make sure door and window keys are kept to hand
  • If you live in rented accommodation, it is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure the property has working smoke alarms
  • If you discover a fire, get out, stay out and dial 999

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