In an impassioned appeal on the eve of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s Home Fire Safety Week (June 12-18), the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is advocating for residents to prioritise home safety in an attempt to mitigate potential fire hazards.

Economic pressure has led many families to make lifestyle adjustments or purchases that could inadvertently increase their risk of house fires. To counteract this trend, HWFRS is promoting a few straightforward safety checks and modifications that can substantially improve the safety of households, potentially saving lives and reducing injuries.

Head of Prevention at HWFRS, Emma Roberts, has announced an array of supportive measures and advice to increase safety within homes. Her statement underlines that while the current economic strain is understood, a pragmatic approach can help avert fire-related incidents. She urged the public to consider prevention work as an integral part of home safety, emphasising that the fire and rescue services are there to assist.

HWFRS's Home Fire Safety Visits offer checks, advice, and assistance from various organisations. To determine whether they, their loved ones, or neighbours could benefit from these visits, individuals can use an online home safety tool at

The key recommendations include the installation of at least one smoke alarm on every level of the home and carbon monoxide alarms if fuel-burning appliances are in use. Regular testing of these alarms, preferably weekly, is vital to ensure their functionality.

To learn more about the free Home Fire Safety Visit or to book a slot, residents can contact HWFRS directly on 0800 032 1155. As we step into the Home Fire Safety Week, HWFRS's clarion call underscores the importance of proactive measures in preventing domestic fire incidents and keeping loved ones safe.