New Be Fire Safe campaign launches aimed at keeping tenants safe in their homes

Community events are being held across Kirklees this week to help launch a new fire safety campaign aimed at council housing tenants.

Be Fire Safe

Be Fire Safe is the message the Homes and Neighbourhoods fire safety team will be spreading across housing estates, retirement living schemes and blocks of flats to raise awareness.

The team will be partnering with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and local schools. They will be visiting ten different locations from 21 to 25 March. The visits will be aimed at encouraging tenants and leaseholders, and their families, to be more fire aware.

The campaign kickstarted by a visit to St Mary’s School in Cleckheaton. The team launched a colouring competition, coinciding with a visit from the fire service with their real fire engine. They talked about the importance of being safe at home to prevent fires.

Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, said:

“Keeping our tenants safe is our number one priority. This is why we’re currently carrying out a £90 million improvement scheme across our housing stock to make sure all our tenants and leaseholders feel safe in their homes.

“Everyone can do their bit when it comes to safety. It’s important to engage with tenants and the wider community to make sure they are fire safety aware and able to keep themselves and their families safe.

“We’re looking forward to meeting our tenants throughout the week to hear what’s important to them. As well as their listening to their views about the work we’re doing, to help shape the services we provide.”

What to expect 

The team will be handing out a tenant fire safety leaflet highlighting the risks associated with smoking, candles and kitchen safety in the home. As well as advice about electrical appliances and the importance of smoke alarms. The leaflet will also remind tenants and leaseholders of what to do in case of fire and how to evacuate.