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Fires in Bexley fall by 75% in 10 years because of safety advice

PUBLISHED: 09:59 24 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:00 24 January 2014

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The number of fires in Bexley have fallen by nearly three quarters in the last decade.

Firefighters are putting the drop - one of the biggest in London - down to safety visits targeting properties most at risk.

There were 528 fires in Bexley in 2012/13, compared to 1,972 in 2003/4.

Ron Dobson, Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, said: “Despite the capital’s growing population, Londoners are less likely than ever before to have a fire and people are much safer as a result.

“This dramatic drop is down to our fantastic targeted prevention work aimed at those most at risk whether that be visiting vulnerable people in their homes or finding engaging ways to spread our messages through social media.”

A report last year estimated that 5,000 fires had been prevented by firefighters carrying out home safety visits, with vulnerable people being 18 times less likely to have a fire if they receive a visit.

The overall number of incidents firefighters attend including crashes and false alarms has also dropped by 42 per cent in the last 10 years.

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