London Fire Brigade

Hillingdon’s firefighters are streets ahead

04 March 2010

Hillingdon’s firefighters have organised a series of community activities and events aimed at promoting the importance of fire safety to local people. The events will form part of Hillingdon council’s Streets Ahead week. The Streets Ahead week begins on Saturday 13 March.

During the week firefighters from Hillingdon and Hayes fire stations will be carrying out home fire safety visits in each of the five wards in Uxbridge. Gerard Hollingworth, London Fire Brigade’s Borough Commander for Hillingdon, said: “During these visits firefighters will visit your home, talk to you about fire risks and fit free smoke alarms if you need them”.

Firefighters will also be giving fire safety talks to elderly people in residential care homes, as well as visiting Brunel University to give fire safety advice to students living in rented accommodation. Gerard said: “Firefighters will talk to the students about things like taking care in the kitchen and making sure cigarettes are properly disposed of”.

Hillingdon’s Community Fire Safety Officer will also visit local schools to talk to children about fire safety.

The Brigade’s fire safety inspecting officers will be talking to local businesses with regard to fire safety in the workplace. Gerard said: “Many business owners aren’t aware of their legal responsibilities with regard to fire safety. The law places the responsibility for fire safety in the hands of employers so having an understanding of fire safety and the role you have to play is at the heart of good business management.

Our inspecting officers will talk to business owners about their responsibilities under the law and will offer advice as to how they can protect their premises from fire”.

Notes to editors

For more fire safety advice go to http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/

Streets Ahead ~ Week of Action is a week (Saturday to Friday) of activities, events and works organised by Hillingdon Council and its partner organisations. The week will focus on five key themes of: Community Safety, Engaging with Youth, Environment, Sport and Culture and Older People. For more information go to: http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk