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Around 500 people braved the cold weather to visit Dover Fire Station throughout Saturday for a special community event.
“Here when you need us” was the main message of the day organised by the station’s red watch, aimed at showing local residents what services Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) provides and to help visitors to find out how to help keep themselves and their families safe from fire.
KFRS fire crews, community safety staff and volunteers encouraged people to find out about the free advice and services available and additional help was on hand for visitors from the town’s eastern European communities, with multi-lingual representatives from KFRS’s engagement team and the Migrant Helpline service.
During the afternoon there were 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.
In addition, visitors had 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.
KFRS’s FireFit team was also encouraging visitors to take some strength tests to compare their fitness levels to those required to be a firefighter.
Dover Watch Manager Antony Scott said: “We were really pleased with how the day went and we were delighted to welcome so many of the town’s residents. As a service we want to make sure that people know that they can call us when they need us in an emergency and how to prevent fires and other emergencies.
“Lots of people signed up for free home safety visits on the day too and hopefully have taken 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