Industrial Action: Reducing the risks of fire in the home
9 June 2014
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property from the risks of fire during periods of planned industrial action:
Thursday 12 June 09:00hrs – Friday 13 June 09:00hrs
Saturday 21 June 10:00hrs – 17:00hrs
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will be providing a reduced emergency response service, so is asking for help from the local community.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Chris Blacksell, said: “While the industrial action is on going we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.”
Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults, candles being placed too close to furnishings or cigarettes not being fully extinguished. The advice from the Fire Service is ensure smoke alarms are fitted on every level of your home and to check they are working.
“Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked regularly, “ Mr Blacksell said
With reduced fire cover, adopting fire safe behaviour becomes increasingly important. Other steps residents can take to stay safe from fire are:•Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out.
•Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended. Make sure grill pans and oven trays are regularly cleaned.
•Do not overload electrical sockets and switch off all electrical appliances.
“I would also urge households to make an escape plan and practise it with everyone in the home. If a fire does breakout, it is important eveyone knows the quickest way to escape,” Mr Blacksell added.
If you do have a fire, get out of the house, stay out and call 999.
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