We want to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities – making them safer and stronger. There are many ways in which improving the health and wellbeing of our communities can also support us in reducing deaths and injuries from fire. Working with our partners we promote healthier eating, discourage smoking, tackle binge drinking and drug problems.
- Smoking – one in three accidental home fire deaths are caused by smoking. We want to support members of our communities to stop smoking. If you would like to quit smoking, call the NHS Smoke Free on 0300 1231044 or visit Go Smoke Free website or We Quit website
- Alcohol – we attend a large number of alcohol and drug related fires each year, causes are usually drinking alcohol then falling asleep whilst cooking or smoking. Intoxication can cause drowsiness and make you less alert to the signs of fire. When you discover a fire, the alcohol/drugs can heighten feelings of disorientation, making it difficult for you to escape. For advice and support visit NHS Live Well
- Chip pans – we still attend incidents each year caused by chip pans. Oven chips are healthier and less dangerous than deep frying, but if you have to fry your chips think about using a deep fat fryer or air fryer
Heart attack survivability
We assist the North East Ambulance Service by providing a co-responder service to the people of East Cleveland. This means in certain life threatening situations, we jointly respond to an emergency call. If we reach the scene first, our crews are trained and equipped to deal with respiratory and heart conditions.
We work with the British Heart Foundation to deliver free Emergency Life Support (ELS) classes. This is important in households where someone may be receiving treatment for heart problems. These classes mean we can train family members to deliver emergency life support treatment in case a cardiac arrest occurs at home. Under the direction of the HeartStart UK training program we teach members of the public basic Emergency Life Support (ELS) techniques. These skills are a simple set of actions you can perform to keep someone alive until help arrives, they include:
- performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- dealing with choking
- serious bleeding
- helping someone that may be having a heart attack