Fire chiefs in Cleveland have issued a reminder to people about the dangers of fires and what they can do to stay safe this summer.
The key messages and safety advice forms part of the national Fire Kills campaign and come after figures show that last summer the number of people killed by accidental fires in England rose.
The Fire Kills campaign with the help of the movie release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is reminding everyone to test their smoke alarms now and take extra care while enjoying the summer weather.
As part of the campaign, residents are also being urged to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit, which involves firefighters visiting homes and giving valuable safety advice. Free smoke alarms will be supplied and fitted if needed.
Top tips this summer for when you are outside are:
- Never leave any barbecues, bonfires or any other controlled fires unattended
- Make sure everything is safely out and cool before leaving it
- Do everything you can to avoid starting fires by mistake – wherever you are
- Don’t leave cooking unattended in the kitchen when you are out in the garden – or in any other part of your home.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The summer months should be a time for everyone to enjoy but sadly there are tragedies every year – most of which could be avoided if people followed a few simple tips.
“If you are barbecuing, follow any instructions carefully and never use a barbecue in an enclosed area, including tents, as the carbon monoxide fumes could kill you in minutes. Also, make sure your barbecue is well away from anything that might catch fire.
“If you are camping, don’t use candles and avoid cooking and smoking inside your tent. If you are caravanning, make sure you have a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide detector.
“You can help prevent grass and forest fires by never throwing cigarette ends out of your car window and never leaving glass bottles or other glass items behind as sunlight shining through them can start a fire.
“We’ll be issuing fire safety messages to residents, businesses and visitors throughout the summer months and appeal to people to take our advice onboard.”
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit, call 01429 874063.
You can also visit our website at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk to view more safety advice as well as our news and details of events happening throughout the Brigade. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.