The Shropshire Fire and Rescue service recently visited Oswestry library.

They were on hand to give educational information to people passing by and to promote the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Friends and Family Campaign 2018.

There was also a fun opportunity for children to take part in a colouring competition and be in with the chance of winning a prize.

Siobhan Shaw, branch manager for Oswestry, said: "The morning was well attended by families and young people, and the colouring competition created a buzz!

"The stand gave the service an opportunity to engage with the community and to encourage families to consider their fire safety in their homes, and in the homes of those around them. They were talking to people about testing their alarms and encouraging anybody in the community to have a safe and well visit from the fire service and offering free smoke alarms, which are available as part of this campaign to those who require them.

"Oswestry Library were very pleased to be able to welcome the prevention team to support this fantastic campaign."

For more information on the library or any of their events you can visit their Facebook page or call 01743 250351 to speak to the team.

Members of the prevention team have visited six different libraries across the county this month including Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Ludlow to raise awareness of fire safety.

Becky Castle, of the fire prevention team based at Shrewsbury fire HQ said: "A total of 139 out of 224 accidental fires in Shropshire started in the kitchen, the highest risk room in the home in 2016 to 2017. Smoke alarms were installed by 205 of the property owners but 60 of these did not work when fire broke out."

Free safe and well visits and free smoke alarms are available to elderly and vulnerable people. To apply for a visit call Shrewsbury fire HQ on 01743 260200.

For more fire safety information visit You can follow Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service on Facebook and twitter to find out the variety of incidents they attend and learn how to prevent them.