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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 (23 - 29 October).

Station Commander Stuart Crebbin 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 Fire Kills campaign top 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.
  • 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 blow 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 Crebbin 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. To help with this, we will be running a competition to win a £50.00 Amazon voucher during this period of time on our Facebook page. The promoted post asks students to like the HWFire Facebook page and comment on the post which possession they would miss the most if they lost it in a fire!".

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