Residents urged to take extra care during industrial action

ClevelandFire Logo BlueFIRE CHIEFS are urging residents in Teesside to take extra care to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire.

During the industrial action, planned from 6.00pm on Friday 31 October to 6.00pm on Tuesday 4 November, 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, the best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week. More than 50% of fires attended by Cleveland Fire Brigade start in the kitchen, so we are asking everyone to take extra care when cooking and always stand by your pan.”

“As this is the weekend before Bonfire Night, our advice is always go to an organised event, but if you do decide to hold your own celebrations, you should always follow the firework code. I would also urge residents to be extra vigilant and ensure wheelie bins are put away and if you see any rubbish in the streets or unofficial bonfires on open land to report them to your local council to get them removed.”

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.
  • Place candles in a suitable fire resistant candleholder and do not leave unattended
  • Switch off all electrical appliances that don’t need to be left on and close all doors and windows.
  • Plan your escape routes – make sure all family members know them 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.

Remember, if you do have a fire in your home, get out, stay out and call 999.

You can find all our safety advice at http://www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/safety/ and for weekly reminders to test your smoke alarm and much more, follow us on Twitter (@clevelandfb) or Facebook (/clevelandfb).

Visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/action for industrial action news, if you do not have access to the internet and need some fire safety advice during this industrial action, please call us on 01429 872311.