Fires reduce by a third in five years across Havering

PUBLISHED: 08:18 03 June 2015 | UPDATED: 08:32 03 June 2015

New figures show the number of fires in the borough has dropped by 43 per cent over the last five years

New figures show the number of fires in the borough has dropped by 43 per cent over the last five years

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Fires in Havering have dropped by a third in the last five years according to the London Fire Brigade.

Figures released earlier this week show the number of fires across the borough have gone down from 929 in 2010/11 to 619 last year.

This equals a reduction of an average 18 fires a week to 12 a week – 33 per cent.

Across the capital there were fewer than 20,000 fires in a 12 month period for the first time since records began almost 50 years ago in 1966.

Chris Drew, London Fire Brigade’s borough commander in Havering, said: “The figures are a credit to firefighters, fire engineers, fire investigators, community safety specialists and many other staff who have made huge progress in educating people about the importance of fire safety.

“We have worked incredibly hard with our partners in the borough to work on reducing the number of fires we attend and will continue to target those most at risk to prevent deaths and serious injuries.”

Despite the downward trend in blazes and other incidents fire chiefs are urging people to keep their eye on the ball when it comes to safety.

The brigade has renewed its appeal to remind everyone to make sure they have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home and that they are tested regularly.

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