Estate action day to help save lives

Wreckage from an accident is used as a warning as part of the Wasted Lives campaign

Wreckage from an accident is used as a warning as part of the Wasted Lives campaign

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Fire chiefs will be handing out potentially life-saving advice today at an action day being held on Mereside.

Lancashire Fire and Service is bringing its Wasted Lives road safety campaign to the estate and fitting free smoke detectors in people’s homes.

They will be joined by other organisations at the event at Mereside Community Centre on Bowness Avenue between 10am and 4pm, including the police and officers from Blackpool Coastal Housing.

Services including Care and Repair and the Family Information Service will also be attending along with the Prince’s Trust and Scouts.

The Community Centre will be running a Youth Engagement day, promoting young people in a positive light.

Gary Smith, chairman of the Mereside Tenants and Residents Association, said: “I think the event is a good idea and I hope people go along and take advantage of all the information and advice being made available to them.”

The Wasted Lives campaign focuses on real incidents to drum home the dangers of drinking and driving, including the possibility of being over the limit the next day, to young drivers.