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The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service urges residents to “test your smoke alarm” – Government launches new Fire Kills advertising campaign

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to regularly test their smoke alarms and those of people they care for to prevent fire deaths, as a new look Fire Kills advertising campaign is being launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The Government Fire Kills advertising campaign will run for one month from January across radio, print, digital, outdoor and social media as there is an increase in fire-related emergencies and deaths over the winter months, compared to the rest of the year.

There were more than 160 deaths from accidental fires in the home last year. By simply testing smoke alarms, many more lives could be saved.

Ads will feature friendly smoke alarms, which will tell the public to make time for their home’s ‘unsung heroes’ by testing their alarms once a month.

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. But just half of all householders who own a smoke alarm say that they test it’s working on a regular basis.

Station Manager Bev Whorwood, Community and Road Safety Manager said:

“You’re four times more likely to die in a fire without a working smoke alarm, but only half of the people who own an alarm say they take the time to check it regularly. “I’d encourage people to make sure you test your smoke alarms this month and get into the habit of testing them each month as they can save you and your family’s life.”

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe from fire by following these simple steps:

  • Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.
  • Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine in 3 easy steps:

            1.       Test it by pressing the button once a month

            2.       Change the batteries once a year if your alarm has removable batteries

            3.       Clean the alarms casing twice a year to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor?       

  • Whatever happens, never remove the batteries in your smoke alarms unless you are replacing it.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and knows your escape route.
  • For more information visit the Fire Kills campaign’s Facebook page at facebook.com/firekills.

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time should the worst happen to get out, stay out and call 999

Chimney Fire Safety

MAKING A CLEAN SWEEP FOR SAFETY

With summer drawing to a close, Chimney Fire Safety Week (7 –13 September) provides a timely reminder to make sure that your chimney is ready for the winter months ahead.  As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Servce are urging householders to ensure their chimney is safe and to have their chimney swept by a registered chimney sweep. 

Open fires not only warm up a home, but also create a unique relaxing ambience.  With the numbers of people using open fires growing, the Fire Kills campaign has provided some top tips for safer chimneys.        

  • Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers        
  • Make sure embers are properly put out  before you go to bed        
  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained

Station Manager Beverley Whorwood, Prevention Manager explains:  “With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys again.  In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and I would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home."

  • Smokeless coals At least once a year
  • Wood Up to four times a year
  • Bituminous coal Twice a year
  • Oil Once a year
  • Gas Once a year

Station Manager Whorwood  adds: “Latest statistics show that there were 6,000 chimney fires England in 2013/14, but most chimney fires are preventable.  

“All chimneys and flue-ways should be cleaned and checked during the summer months to ensure they’re free from debris and in full working order before the heating season. A blocked or defective chimney can cause both chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisonings so it’s very important to employ a professional qualified Chimney Sweep.

For more information on fire safety, please visit the following social media sites:

Facebook www.facebook.com/firekills

Or follow Fire Kills on twitter.com/fire_kills

    #CookSafe

    #BBQSafety

    #CarefulCooking

You can also view the 'Don't drink and fry' campaign on Youtube, by clicking here or the 'Hot Date' campaign on Youtube, by clicking here.