Brigade safety day a roar­ing suc­cess

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Fire Brigade hopes to make an Elec­tri­cal and Home Fire Safety Day an an­nual event af­ter a suc­cess­ful gather­ing at its Hamil­ton Street sta­tion.

Brigade cap­tain John St Clair said 111 peo­ple made the most of the oc­ca­sion, which also in­volved a va­ri­ety of demon­stra­tions and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We tested about 40 elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and had a lot of good re­sults,” he said.

“It is the sec­ond time we’ve run this event and the goal is to make it hap­pen ev­ery year.”

The brigade in­vited peo­ple to bring elec­tri­cal items such as ket­tles, power cords, hair dry­ers and elec­tric blan­kets to the day to get them tested by a qual­i­fied elec­tri­cian.

The idea was to help re­duce the num­ber of res­i­den­tial fires in Hor­sham dis­trict caused by faulty ap­pli­ances.

Faulty elec­tri­cal prod­ucts caused some of the 25 res­i­den­tial fires the brigade at­tended in 2018.

Sun­day’s event in­cluded demon­stra­tions, such as how to safely use fire blan­kets or fire ex­tin­guish­ers, give­aways, a raf­fle and a bar­be­cue.

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