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1 May 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 industrial action this bank hoilday weekend:

Friday 2 May 12:00 – 17:00hrs
Saturday 3 May 14:00 – 02:00hrs
Sunday 4 May 10:00 – 15:00hrs

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 ongoing, 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 to ensure that smoke alarms are fitted on every level of your home and to check they have a working battery.

“Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. However, 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 when not in use.

“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 and safest 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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