London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade urges Facebookers to ‘Share It, Save a Life’

28 September 2011

Share it, save a life logoIn the early hours of Saturday 24 September a woman and five of her children lost their lives in the most serious house fire in London in over a decade.

Following the fire there has been heightened interest from the public about how to prevent fires and stay safe in the home.

Today (Wednesday 28 September) the Brigade will launch its new Facebook campaign,Share it, Save a Life. The Brigade will post fire safety tips on its Facebook page every day for a week. The aim is that Facebook users will then pass these vital tips onto their Facebook friends by clicking ‘share’ under each tip that is posted. The Brigade hopes to reach one million people with its top fire safety tips.

Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s Community Safety Committee, Cllr Susan Hall, said:

“This tragic fire has made many people think about fire safety in their home which is why the Brigade has launched its Facebook campaign, Share it, Save a Life.

“With the help of the Facebook-using public we hope to cut the number of fires. If you’re one of the 26 million people in the UK who uses Facebook I’d urge you to look us up and show your friends and family how much you care about them by sharing a fire safety tip. You never know, you might just save a life.”

The first tip to be shared on Facebook at midday will be about using electrical appliances safely.

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Notes to editors

You can find the Brigade’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/londonfirebrigade

The Brigade’s Twitter service @LondonFire is used to tweet about the serious, high profile or unusual incidents attended across the capital.

UK fire stats

There are around 50,000 fires in people’s homes across the UK each year.