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Archived news releases from Kent Fire and Rescue Service

This page contains a searchable archive of news releases from January 2013 until August 2014.

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KFRS urges the public to keep themselves safe

Publication date
20 January 2013
News release text
Snow across Kent, with more predicted throughout the day, has urged Kent Fire and Rescue Service to repeat its message to the public to keep themselves safe and not to make unnecessary calls to the service. 
 
KFRS Head of Community Safety, Stuart Skilton, said: “We would like to reassure people that we have put in place practical plans to ensure the Service is prepared during this period of cold weather and snow, and that our staff are working really hard to ensure fire stations are ready to provide a 999 response when needed. Even so, it may take us slightly longer to reach people when they call us in an emergency, due to the weather conditions.” 
 
He added: “We are asking the public to help us by only calling if they really need us, to avoid making journeys on the roads in these treacherous conditions and to follow the safety tips below to keep themselves safe in the home – remember that a fire can quickly take hold and just three breaths of toxic fire smoke can be fatal, which is why it’s vital you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home.” 
 
Key advice includes: 
 
If you plan on using an open fire, make sure your chimney has been recently swept as build-ups of soot and ash can cause chimney fires 
When going to bed, make absolutely certain that any open fire is either out, or pushed back into the grate and a guard used to prevent sparks setting light to carpets or furniture 
Interior doors should always be closed when going to bed as they can dramatically reduce the spread of fire 
Portable heaters should be dust-free and kept well away from anything that could catch fire 
Candles should always be placed on a non flammable surface, be away from soft furnishing like curtains and never be left unattended. It is far safer to consider using torches instead of candles 
Make sure you fit, and regularly test, a smoke alarm. It is the single most important piece of safety equipment in any home 
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