Take extra care during industrial action

Your Kitchen Can KillFIRE 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 Friday 1 November between 6.30pm and 11.00pm and also Monday 4 November between 6.00am and 8.00am, 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 and the start of Diwali is also taking place, you may be celebrating. 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 and ensure candles are not left unattended.”

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 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.