Welcome to the October edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.
Are you ready for winter?
Most incidents in the home can be prevented by using common sense and taking precautions. Winter, particularly, can be a dangerous time with the higher than usual use of candles, electrical appliances and more hazardous roads.
The Service supports national initiatives that help our communities to understand just what precautions they can take to keep them and their loved ones safe. Here are ones we have been supporting since the last newsletter.
Candle fire safety
With the days growing darker and winter setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening. But with candle fires resulting in around 350 casualties each year, we would like you to take extra care with candles this winter - nearly 40% of all fires started by candles result in a death or injury.
Find out more - Candle fire safety
Carbon monoxide awareness
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be fatal or cause permanent damage to your health. CO is produced when carbon fuels don't burn completely. It has no smell or taste and, in large quantities, it can kill very quickly.
Find out more - Carbon monoxide awareness
Electrical fire safety
Electrical appliances have become a staple of modern life - from fridges and phones to toasters or the TV, it's hard to think of how we would get by without a few electrically-powered essentials.
Find out more - Electrical fire safety
Get your chimney ready for the winter
With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys again. In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and we would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home.
Find out more - Get your chimney ready for the winter
Is your car ready for winter?
Cheshire firefighters will be out and about around the county, offering drivers the chance to have their cars checked before the colder weather sets in. Along with partner agencies, firefighters will be carrying out free safety checks on cars as part of their continuing campaign for safer roads in Cheshire.
Find out more - Is your car ready for winter?
National Burn Awareness Day
National Burn Awareness Day takes place on 19 October. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and reduce the number of burns and scalds each year.
Cheshire firefighters fully support Burn Awareness Day’s goal of preventing injuries
Find out more - National Burn Awareness Day
Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms
Cheshire residents are being urged to check their smoke alarms as they prepare to turn the clocks back.
The clocks go back at 2.00am on Sunday 30 October and, as summer time officially ends, we're asking people to prepare for the autumn and winter by checking their smoke alarms.
Find out more - Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer fire safety advice to people celebrating Diwali on 30 October.
Diwali is known as 'Festival of the Lights' and sees an increase in the use of 'divas' or oil lamps. It is believed that light signifies goodness therefore various lamps are burnt throughout the day and into the night to ward off darkness and evil.
Statistics show that there is an increased fire risk during Diwali, because of divas, candles and fireworks - but by taking just a few simple precautions you can reduce the risks for yourself and your family.
Find out more - Diwali
Bonfire Night - list of organised bonfires in Cheshire
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to encourage residents to attend an organised bonfire this year, because most injuries throughout the bonfire period occur as a result of people building their own bonfires, and setting off their own fireworks.
If you would like to add a community bonfire to the list on our website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more - Bonfire Night - list of organised bonfires in Cheshire
Bonfire Night safety tips from Fireman Sam
Follow Fireman Sam's top 10 safety tips to make sure you have a safe Bonfire Night.
Here's a fun way to make sure your family is safe on Bonfire Night - watch this series of videos to take some tips from Fireman Sam.
Watch the Bonfire Night safety tips from Fireman Sam