Students offered fire safety advice during national campaign

With students now settling into their university accommodation and learning new routines, while others are getting back into the swing of university life, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills Campaign, is encouraging scholars to have a think about their fire safety.

The national campaign takes place from October 21-27 and the Service wants to keeps its student residents to safe from fire. To do this staff will be out and about during the week promoting a variety of important safety advice.

“With all the excitement and opportunity that university life brings, fire safety might not be at the top of your list of priorities,” said Nick Evans, Head of Prevention at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service: “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 you and your fellow students lives.”

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. 

Nick added, “Each and every university or college has a person responsible for fire safety. If you spot a fire risk or have any concerns then you should speak to them.”