Know Your Neighbour: Be a lifesaver and look out for isolated neighbours

Know your neighbour campaign launch at The Star
Know your neighbour campaign launch at The Star
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Knowing your neighbours could save their life – that’s the reason emergency services are backing our campaign.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFFR) have given their support to our Know Your Neighbour campaign, and they are enouraging you to look out for the people who live on your street, saying it only takes a few minutes to potentially make a big difference to somebody’s life.

Steve Helps, Head of Prevention and Protection at SYFR, said: “We know that social isolation is one of the biggest contributing factors to people dying in house fires.

“Taking just five minutes to notice your surroundings and keep an eye on a neighbour or friend could prevent a fire in your community and keep someone’s loved one safe for longer.”

He said that many of the people who are most at risk and need advice around fire safety can be hard to reach.

He said: “That’s why we are backing the Know Your Neighbour campaign and calling on local people to help vulnerable people in their communities by looking out for some common fire hazards, helping them test their smoke alarms if appropriate and referring them to us if they need further support.”

South Yorkshire Police (SYP) have also backed the initative becase they say that strong communitues can help detect and also prevent crime.

T/Superintendent Lydia Lynskey said: “We are really pleased to support the Star’s Know Your Neighbour campaign as we’re keen to work more closely with our local communities to better understand their issues and concerns.”

She also encouraged people to look out for the people who live in their neighbourhood.

She said: “While it is the responsibility of the police to investigate crimes, we really want communities to work together to keep each other safe – whether that’s sharing useful crime prevention advice with one another, looking out for each other’s property while on holiday, or coming together to raise awareness of a particular crime type.”

We want to hear your stories. Have you been inspired by our campaign to speak to your neighbours, or have your neighbours helped to keep you safe? Please email your stories and pictures to Rochelle.Barrand@jpress.co.uk.