May 15, 2013, by offcampus

Top Fire Safety Tips from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Today we are delighted to welcome Guninder Nagi from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to the blog…

Fire and Rescue

My name is Guninder Nagi and I am a Risk Reduction Officer within Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s City Risk Reduction Team, based at Central Fire Station.

Stay safe and enjoy life!  Are you at risk from fire?

Partying, smoking and drinking may all be part of the student lifestyle, but could be putting you at higher risk of fire.  Over the past five years, cigarettes, smoking materials and candles have been the cause of 1500 injuries to 18 to 24 year olds .  More than half of all accidental dwelling fire deaths amongst this age group occur in the kitchen when cooking, when handling hot substances or through misuse of electrical equipment.

Top ten fire safety tips

1)      Fit smoke alarms on each level of the property and test them weekly.

2)      Never leave cooking unattended.

3)      Never attempt to cook while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

4)      Don’t overload plug sockets.

5)      Switch off electrical appliances, like phone chargers and hair straighteners, when not in use.

6)      Take extra care with cigarettes and smoking materials.

7)      Never leave candles unattended.

8)      Check furniture has the permanent fire-resistant label.

9)      Practise an escape route.

10)   If a fire starts, get out, stay out and dial 999.

False alarms

Recently, we have had incidents where students had been partying, had got drunk and over-excited and had used fire extinguishers to cause a white mess and smoke that set the fire alarm off.  Fire Service crews had to deal with these silly incidents when they might have been needed to save lives at a real incident.  It’s soon the end of the year and this is when we get a lot of similar incidents, when students are partying late at night and causing disruption and noise pollution to their neighbours.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service attends thousands of emergency calls each year and provides a life-saving response to people in traumatic and dangerous situations.  Deliberate false alarms prevent Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service from responding to genuine emergencies and take up valuable time and resources.  These types of incidents put lives at risk and are serious offences that can also have tragic consequences.

Fire extinguishers and fire safety equipment are provided for the protection of the public, students and staff.  Malicious activation of fire extinguishers or tampering with fire safety equipment is a criminal offence.

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