Fall in the number of house fire injuries in West Sussex

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THE number of people injured in house fires in West Sussex fell last year.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has reported a reduction in the number of fires in people’s homes and a reduction in the number of people being injured in house fires.

The information is contained in its annual report.

Between April 2011 and March 2012, accidental house fires across the county fell by 10 per cent from 483 to 436 and people injured as a result of house fires fell by 20 per cent from 51 to 41.

Max Hood, county fire officer, said: ‘Our vision is to make West Sussex a safer place to live, work and visit by providing both a first-class response service and delivering effective prevention and protection.

‘The work we have been doing with our partners means that we are now even more effective at reaching those people most at risk. It’s really pleasing to see that work reflected in the fall in both accidental house fires and those injured as a result of a fire in their home.’