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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Supports Home Safety Week

17th September 2018

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Home Safety Week, which runs from 1st-7th October.

As part of the week, we are asking people to ensure they have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted in their homes, that they register their white goods and take care with electrical items.

Our tops tips for staying safe at home are:

  • Fit smoke alarms in the rooms you use most as well as in halls and landings
  • Make sure your smoke alarms work - test them regularly
  • Keep your eyes peeled for signs of dangerous or loose wiring such as scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow or circuit breakers that trip.
  • Clean ovens and grill pans so there isn’t a build-up of fat.
  • Clear out the fluff/lint tray on your tumble dryer after every use.
  • Check and clean filters on washing machines.
  • Clean the rear of fridges and freezers and ensuring the drainage hole is clear.
  • Never leave tumble dryers or washing machines on when you go out or go to bed.
  • Think about your bedtime routine; turn off or unplug appliances that don’t need to be left on overnight, ensure you have shut doors as this can stop fire from spreading and keep keys for doors and windows in an easily accessible place
  • Be careful with laptops
  • Plan an escape route in case a fire does break out in your home.
  • Appliances use different amounts of power so check the amps on the plug and make sure you don’t go over 13 amps in a wall socket.
  • Keep portable heaters clear of curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.
  • Register your larger electrical appliances at www.registermyappliance.org.uk so you can find out about safety repairs or recalls

Station Manager Bob Hoskins said: “We all have white goods in the home, and we probably never think about looking after them, to reduce the risk of fire. For example North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended over 20 fires in the last two years involving tumble dryers. This is often down to build up of fluff in the filters so we would ask people to clean the filters after every cycle.

If you’re looking to purchase new electrical appliances or items such as mobile phone chargers it is worth considering if that deal online is too good to be true. The counterfeit goods industry is big business and it is easy to be taken in by cheap prices but many fake goods contain faulty or poor quality parts which could pose a risk of fire or electrocution. We would always advise buying goods from a reputable retailer.”

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from free fire safety advice at home you can book a Home Fire Safety Visit either on our on our website http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/communitysafety/fire-safety-visit or via phone 01609 788545.

As part of the week fire crews in Hambleton will be setting up displays in locations in Northallerton to encourage people to register their appliances and to ensure white goods are installed and maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions. You can see the display at the following locations:

  • Monday 1st October –Sainsburys, Northallerton
  • Tuesday 2nd October –Tesco, Northallerton
  • Wednesday 3rd October  - Marks and Spencer, Northallerton
  • Thursday 4th October –Strikes Garden Centre, Northallerton

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