FIRE CHIEFS are urging residents in Teesside to take extra care to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire in the home.
During the industrial action, planned for Saturday 19 October between 6.30pm and 11.30pm, Cleveland Fire Brigade will be providing a reduced emergency response service, so it’s asking for help from its local communities.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer 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 care and 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 or candles being placed too close to furnishings. The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.
“Smoke alarms 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.”
More than 50% of fires attended by Cleveland Fire Brigade start in the kitchen, so people are being asked to take extra care when cooking.
Remember, if you do have a fire in your home, get out, stay out and call 999.
Our top home safety advice includes:
- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and test them every week.
- Stand by your pan – take pans off the heat and turn off the hob and/or grill if you have to leave the kitchen when cooking.
- Don’t drink and fry – fires start when you fall asleep when cooking food.
- Keep your cooker and grill pan clean – burnt food and fat can and does cause fires.
- Chuck out your chip pan – it could save your life.
- Switch off all electrical appliances that don’t need to be left on and close all doors and windows.
- Plan your escape routes and keep them clear of obstructions.
- Stub it out, right out – make sure your cigarette, cigar or pipe is out when you’ve finished smoking it.
- Never smoke if you are tired, have taken prescription drugs, have been drinking alcohol or are in bed.
- Make sure your family has an escape plan and all family members know it.
- Candles should be burnt in a suitable holder and never leave the room where they are burning.
For weekly reminders to test your smoke alarm and much more, follow us on Twitter (@clevelandfb) or Facebook (/clevelandfb). To help keep you and your family safe, you can also visit our website for more home fire safety advice and news on industrial action at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/action.
If you do not have access to the internet and need some fire safety advice, please call us on 01429 872311 during this industrial action.