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REDUCING THE RISK OF FIRES IN THE HOME DURING INDUSTRIAL ACTION

20 September 2013

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 the industrial action, planned for Wednesday 25 September between 1200hrs and 1600hrs, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will be providing a reduced emergency response service, so is asking for help from the local community.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Safety 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 best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm on at least every level of their home and to check the batteries 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.”

With reduced fire cover, adopting fire safe behavior 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.
• Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire.
• 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 watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment and wiring or cables.

If you do have a fire, get out of the house, stay out and call 999.