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Free winter safety drop-in advice at Norfolk libraries

27 November 2019

Residents across Norfolk can get winter safety advice at their local library at sessions being run by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service.

The service’s community safety team is hosting drop-in sessions in libraries across the county to give safety advice to residents in the run up to Christmas. 

As the winter season approaches people are being urged to think about driving in colder conditions, fire safety at home and scams awareness.

Garry Collins, Head of Prevention and Protection at Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Fighting fires is just one part of our job. A huge part of our work is about keeping communities safe through prevention and protection.”

“Simple things like reducing clutter around the home, not overloading plug sockets and switching off festive lighting at night and when you leave the house can all help make our homes safer. We also offer free home fire risk checks to vulnerable residents, which includes fitting smoke alarms and helping people to plan an escape route from their home in the event of a fire. Whether you have young children, an elderly relative, or need some specific advice, please do stop by.”

People can apply to be considered for a free fire risk safety check by visiting the Norfolk County Council website.

Jan Holden, Head of Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, said: “We welcome as many people as possible to our libraries to get some advice on keeping safe. It’s important we all look after one another and the library is a fantastic place for this, bringing together all sorts of groups and helpful services in one place – from events like these offering practical safety advice, to our Just A Cuppa groups where you can have a friendly chat to other people in your community over a free drink.”

The safety roadshows will be at the following places:

  • 2 December at Great Yarmouth Library, 10am-12 noon
  • 3 December at King’s Lynn Library, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • 5 December at Downham Market Library, 10am-12 noon
  • 9 December at Sheringham Library, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • 11 December at Millennium Library, Norwich, 10am-12 noon

The County Council’s Guidance for Older Drivers (GOLD) road safety team will also be on hand from 11am-1pm at the Millennium Library event to offer some extra advice about driving this winter.

For more advice about staying healthy, winter driving tips, links to weather warnings and more, visit the County Council’s Norfolk Winter web page.

General guidance on home safety can be found on the Norfolk County Council website.

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