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Fire Service supports Student Fire Safety Week

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With new students settling in to their new homes and new routines and returning students getting back in to the swing of all things university, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is encouraging all students to have a think about their fire safety during Student Fire Safety Week (22 - 28 October).

Station Commander Steve Andrews from HWFRS said: "With all the excitement and opportunity that university life brings, fire safety might not be at the top of your list of priorities. However, in amongst all your studying and socialising, taking a few moments to think about your accommodation, how you use it and what you might do to reduce any fire risks might save your life."

By following these top safety tips, you can help make sure that your student experience is a fire-safe one:

  • Don't leave cooking unattended and take extra care when frying with oil
  • Don't cook if you've been drinking alcohol, especially late at night
  • If you smoke, make sure you put your cigarette out, right out.
  • Take care with cigarettes and other smoking materials. Never smoke in bed.
  • Keep candles away from flammable surfaces or material that might burn – such as curtains, TVs, bath tubs – and never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Don't overload plug sockets and switch off electrical equipment such as chargers, hair straighteners and hair dryers when not in use.
  • Make sure you know your escape routes and have a plan B in case your route is blocked.
  • In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

Station Commander Andrews added: "We would like students to think about the consequences of a fire in student accommodation, particularly as the effects of a fire can be devastating. Every university or college has a person responsible for fire safety and if you spot any fire risk or have any concerns then you should speak to them".

For more information visit the HWFRS Facebook page www.facebook.com/hwfire or www.hwfire.org.uk