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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Campaign Event Fires Student Safety

Stafford firefighters will be giving out vital fire safety advice to students at an all day event that is to be held this Friday in support of the Student Brand Ambassadors campaign.

For the fourth year running, the Fire Kills campaign is targeting the student community – a particularly vulnerable group in terms of fire safety. Student Brand Ambassadors have been recruited in 24 Universities across England to raise awareness of fire safety among students.

"We hope that our visit will raise awareness and have a positive impact on the students ensuring they think carefully about their actions."

Assistant Area Commander, Keith Murray

The firefighters from Blue Watch, Stafford will be visiting Staffordshire University (Stafford Campus) on Friday 4th December from 9am until 5pm to talk to students about fire safety in the home and give a chip pan demonstration which highlights the dangers of chip pans and the possible consequences if they are not dealt with in the correct manner.

The visit comes at the end of a week when firefighters have been called out to deal with two separate university fires.

On Saturday a blaze broke out in a kitchen at Stafford University Halls of Residence. Investigation discovered ignition was accidental caused when a sheet, being used by students for filming, fell onto some spotlights.

And on Tuesday, firefighters tackled an accidental fire at Keele University which started when a lamp overheated after being covered with a cloth item.

During Friday's event a scenario will be set up using a vehicle which has been specially prepared to simulate the scene of a road traffic collision. Firefighters will demonstrate their recovery and rescue techniques and deliver road safety advice.

Assistant Area Commander Keith Murray said: "People living in shared or rented accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire so it is really important that students take fire safety seriously.

"Partying, smoking, alcohol consumption and careless cooking are all factors that contribute to fires in student accommodation.

"We hope that our visit will raise awareness and have a positive impact on the students ensuring they think carefully about their actions."