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Dover Fire Station to host community open day

20 February 2013

“Here when you need us” will be the main message of the day at a special open day event being held at Dover Fire Station this Saturday (23 February).

The free event, from 1pm to 5pm, has been organised by the station’s red watch to encourage members of the town’s Eastern European communities to come along and find out more about how to help keep themselves and their families safe from fire and what services the fire service can provide.

Throughout the afternoon there will be dramatic demonstrations showing the potentially devastating consequences of pouring water onto a cooking oil fire, as well as practical advice about planning escape routes and what to do in the event of a fire.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) fire crews, community safety staff and volunteers will be there on the day and will be giving visitors the chance to see a range of fire fighting equipment, including fire engines, a height vehicle and displays of kit used to respond to other emergencies, such as road traffic crashes and water rescues.

In addition, KFRS’s fire bike will also be at the station for the afternoon, as well as KFRS’s FireFit team which will be inviting visitors to take some strength tests to compare their fitness levels to those required to be a firefighter.

Information will be available in a variety of Eastern European languages and multi-lingual representatives from the Migrant Helpline team and National Health Service community advisers will also be on hand to help welcome visitors and provide support.

Dover Watch Manager Antony Scott said: “This is a great opportunity to further develop the relationship between our Eastern European communities and KFRS. As a service we want to make sure that people know that they can call us when they need us in an emergency.

“We hope by inviting people along to the station that they can find out what we do, as well as taking on board some valuable safety advice that will help protect themselves from the risk of fire in the home.”

To help protect your home from fire always:

  • Fit smoke alarms on each level in your home. Dust them and test them once a week
  • Make a fire escape plan that everyone in your home knows
  • Keep exits clear so that people can escape if there’s a fire. Make sure everyone in your home can easily find the keys for doors and windows
  • Take extra care in the kitchen – cooking accidents account for more than half of fires in homes. Never leave young children alone in the kitchen
  • Take extra care when cooking with hot oil. Consider buying a deep-fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat
  • Keep flames from candles away from curtains, furniture and decorations that may catch fire and never leave joss sticks or altar candles unattended. Always make sure they are out when you leave the room
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances after use unless they are designed to be left on – like your freezer for example.
  • Don’t overload plug sockets
  • Close all doors. By shutting doors you can keep your escape route free from fire
  • Remember, just three breaths of smoke can kill even a young healthy adult.

For further advice on how to keep you, your family or a neighbour safe from fire call Kent Fire and Rescue Service for free on 0800 923 7000 or go to www.3breaths.info for further information.

Ends

Note to editors:

Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend the event.

Date: Saturday 23 February 2013

Time: 1pm to 5pm

Location: Dover Fire Station, Ladywell, Dover CT16 1DQ

Please confirm your attendance by contacting the KFRS Press Office.

 

 

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