FIRE crews in Ashfield are hoping to halve the number of dwelling fires they are called to with the launch of an extensive action plan targeting households most at risk.
More than 100 house fires have taken place in Ashfield district since January 2010 and five people have lost their lives in fire-related incidents.
The main causes of these fires have been cooking, electrical and smoking materials and, although the number of dwelling fires overall continues to fall in the district, reducing them even further remains a priority.
The plan focuses on raising awareness of fire safety in the home and encouraging people to fit smoke alarms and test them weekly, having a night time routine and planning an escape route in the event of a fire.
Ashfield Fire Station manager Richard Cropley said: “Experiencing a fire in the home is something that most people believe will never happen to them.
“But the reality is that fires do happen, and most of them can be avoided.
The action plan will run for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012 with an aim to reduce dwelling fires in the district by half by May 2012.