Following six deaths in house fires over the past month, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service has started a campaign to improve fire safety in the region.

The Smoke Alarm Fire Education Roadshow will take place at every fire station in Lancashire from 11am-5pm this Saturday [21 Jan] and see firefighters give out home safety talks along with free 10-year smoke alarms to members of the public.

LFRS Chief Fire Officer Peter Holland said: "Every single member of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is devastated about the loss of life in recent weeks, especially when it is so needless. We are urging everybody to get a working smoke alarm and test it every week.

"On Saturday, every available member of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will be on the streets making sure everyone gets the message - get a working smoke alarm and test it."

The impact of many fires in the home could be reduced if a working smoke alarm was in place but often dust can block the sensor if the unit is not regularly cleaned - a problem that CFO Holland hopes the safety talks will also work on.

As such, videos on how to install and ensure the alarms are maintained will be made available on YouTube and LFRS new Facebook page.

People living in Lancashire but who cannot attend SAFER can call 0800 1691125 to get their free smoke alarm, other UK residents should contact their local Fire Service.

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