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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Potentially life-saving campaign reminds of fire risks

05-07-2013

A potentially life-saving campaign which aims to highlight fire risks in the home has been launched ahead of Ramadan and Eid.

"These posters and leaflets are acting as a reminder of potential risks and how people can avoid them. Simple things like making sure you don’t lean over the cooker when wearing a loose fitting top or leaving candles while they are still lit can help prevent a tragedy."  

Equality and Diversity Manager Diane Dunlevey

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is leading the initiative in a bid to prevent incidents, which traditionally see an increase during times of celebration.

Eye-catching posters have been put up at community facilities and schools across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to remind people of potential fire risks during the religious holidays.

Leaflets featuring top safety tips are also available in venues across the county and radio adverts will be aired.

They encourage people to be aware of potential risks such as wearing loose fitting clothing which could catch fire if the wearer leans over a candle or a gas hob that is on.

The danger of leaving bukhoor, incense or candles unattended while lit is also highlighted as well as the importance of putting the items in a holder on a flat surface.

People are being encouraged to make sure all smoke alarms are working and to have an escape route planned should they need to evacuate the house.

Equality and Diversity Manager Diane Dunlevey said: "Families and friends will be getting together to celebrate throughout Ramadan and Eid and we want them to be as safe as possible.

"These posters and leaflets are acting as a reminder of potential risks and how people can avoid them. Simple things like making sure you don’t lean over the cooker when wearing a loose fitting top or leaving candles while they are still lit can help prevent a tragedy.

"I would urge anyone who would like support and advice on how to make their properties as safe as possible, to book a home fire safety check on 0800 241 999 – it could end up saving your life."