Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are supporting the National Fire Chiefs' Council in urging local people to reduce their risk of house fires. The ask as part of NFCC's Home Fire Safety Week which runs from now (Monday, 12th June) until Sunday (18th June).

As the cost of living continues to blight households across the country, we understand local residents may be making changes to save money or may have bought cheaper products which although save money, may mean an increased risk of fire. A few simple checks and changes can help keep homes safer, save lives and reduce injuries.

The week of action is supported by fire and rescue services across the UK and covers a range of areas, such as electrical safety, smoking and the dangers of illegal cigarettes and the offer of home safety fire checks and fire safety advice from your local service.

By using the online home fire safety check, you can explore whether you – along with loved ones or neighbours – could benefit from advice specific to their home or even a visit from AF&RS teams.

The check can unlock vital safety help, advice and solutions, while offering help from a range of organisations.

Nikki Rice, AF&RS Prevention Manager, said: “As part of Home Fire Safety Week we are offering help and advice to help people stay safer in their homes. This ranges from simple steps such as installing smoke alarms and checking electrical items are safe to how fire services can assist people who are more vulnerable.

“While we understand the pressures people are currently facing and affordability is a major factor for many, I am hoping that by giving practical help and advice, we can raise awareness and offer useful assistance. I encourage everyone reading this to take 15 minutes to complete the online home fire safety check - completing it and following advice could help save lives.

"Prevention work is at the heart of all fire and rescue service work and we are here to help.”