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Fire checks will help to protect the vulnerable

Krystal Hall from Penrith had her home checked and now feels happier knowing her house is as safe as it can be for her 7-year-old daughter Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service will check people's homes in more detail from now on.

The Home Accident Reduction visits usually involve checking for fire hazards but now they'll also look for mobility and accident risks.

Its hoped it will reduce the amount of council visits to people's homes, so the fire service can check health risks and give energy-saving tips as well as looking at fire risks.

Krystal Hall from Penrith had her home checked over by Home Accident Reduction Technician Nicola Kukuc and now feels happier knowing her house is as safe as it can be for her 7-year-old daughter.

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Fire checks will help people most at risk

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service will carry out more home checks to reduce the amount of council visits to people's homes.

The Home Accident Reduction visits normally involve checking for fire hazards but will now also include checks for mobility and accident risks.

The fire service can check health risks and give energy-saving tips as well as looking at fire risks.

"The HART visits will continue to include the fitting of smoke alarms where relevant as well identifying other safety- related issues that could be a problem in the home. Statistics show elderly and disabled people, especially those who live alone, are more at risk of fire and household accidents, so the launch of this new HART service is a real landmark moment for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service."

– Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer Ian Cartwright, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

Number of fires in Cumbria almost halved

Cumbria County Council say home fire checks have helped reduce the number of fires in the county by almost half.

They say it's a result of home fire checks.

"By better targeting home safety visits at those that will benefit most and providing online advice to others, we're delivering a more focussed service that makes better use of resources by maximising the benefit of home safety visits to the most vulnerable in our communities. Our fire prevention and community safety work has had a tremendous impact on reducing the number of fires in Cumbria - we've seen a 47 per cent reduction between 2007-08 and 2012-13 - and the HART visits and online tool are part of this ongoing fire reduction journey."

– Councillor Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council's

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service to carry out more home checks

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service is going to be checking people's homes in Cumbria in more detail from now on.

The Home Accident Reduction visits normally involve checking for fire hazards but now they'll also look for mobility and accident risks.

The idea is to reduce the amount of council visits to people's homes, so the fire service can check health risks and give energy-saving tips as well as looking at fire risks.

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