Funding for smoke detectors distributed to vulnerable members of the community by the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service has been supplied by Tower Insurance.

A total of 160 detectors have been bought with support from the Douglas-based company to allow firefighters and the Community Safety Team to protect the homes of people in need of extra support.

The IoM Fire and Rescue Service conducts free home safety visits across the Island, arranged by appointment.

During the visit firefighters look at areas of potential risk within the home, provide advice on the maintenance of smoke alarms and devise an escape plan in the event of fire. Information is also provided on kitchen hazards, candles, heaters and electric blankets, and the safe disposal of smoking materials.

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Groom said: ‘A working smoke alarm saves lives by providing an early warning to the occupants in the unfortunate event of a fire occurring in their home. The support from Tower Insurance is invaluable, and together with the offer of a free home safety visit it will assist the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service in making the Island safer and reducing the risk to our communities in their homes.’

Richard Hulme, from Tower Insurance, said: ‘Tower Insurance is honoured to be assisting this worthy and potentially life-saving initiative. For 90 years Tower has not only been providing insurance products for the Isle of Man, but assisting with community projects such as this one, as they go hand-in-hand with our industry - working towards risk reduction and safety.’

To book an appointment for a free home safety visit, call 647300, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.