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Incident round-up 22 August

Date : 22 August 2017


At 18.32 yesterday (21 August) Bexhill and Hastings firefighters were sent to Holliers Hill, Old Town, Bexhill, due to reports of an electrical fire, caused by an overheated lamp. The electricity supply was isolated.

At 19.34 yesterday (21 August) two appliances from Rye were sent to New Lydd Road, in Camber, due to a small oven fire.

At 22.20 yesterday (21 August) Hailsham firefighters were sent to South Road, in Hailsham, due to a small fire in the open, which was out on arrival and no action was required.

At 23.29 yesterday (21 August) Hastings firefighters were sent to Denham Close, in Hastings, where they used one hose reel jet to tackle a rubbish bin fire.

At 5.03 today (22 August) Seaford firefighers were sent to Sutton Road, in Seaford, due to a fire alarm sounding, caused by a small flat fire, which was out on arrival. The crew ventilated the property and a Home Safety Visit was carried out. http://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/

False alarms:

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to three false alarms overnight:

At 17.08 yesterday (21 August) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to Waldron Close, Hampden Park West, Eastbourne, after an alarm was set-up.

At 18.58 yesterday (21 August) East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were sent to Stevens Close, in Bexhill due to a false alarm sounding, caused by burnt food.

At 20.28 yesterday (21 August) two appliances from Roedean and Brighton were sent to Albourne Close, in Whitehawk, Brighton, due to a fire alarm sounding, caused by a system fault.

At 20.34 yesterday (21 August) Rye firefighters were sent to High Street, Rye, due to an alarm sounding, caused by a system fault.

At 20.47 yesterday (21 August) Brighton firefighters were sent to Gladstone Place, in Brighton, due to a false alarm sounding, caused by dust.

At 22.21 yesterday (21 August) Roedean firefighters were sent to Eastern Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, due to a fire alarm sounding.

At 22.46 yesterday (21 August) Brighton firefighters were sent to Whitehawk Road, Whitehawk, Brighton, caused by a false alarm.

At 1.23 today (22 August) Brighton firefighters were sent to Lewes Road, Brighton, due to a false alarm, caused by a system fault.

At 3.55 today (22 August) Hastings firefighters were sent to Watermans Close, Hastings, to a false alarm, caused by a system fault.

At 5.45 today (22 August) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to Upper Avenue, Upperton, Eastbourne, due to a false alarm caused by a system fault.

Help us to reduce false alarms

False alarms divert our crews from real emergencies. If you have an alarm, you can help reduce false alarms.

  • Remember, fire alarm systems are there to alert occupants to the fact that there may be a fire and depending on your fire risk assessment and emergency plans, it is normally appropriate to investigate first and only to call the Fire Service if / when there are any signs to indicate that there is actually a fire.
  • If you have an automatic alarm system, make sure it is installed properly, that you know how it works and it is serviced regularly by a competent person. The British Standards Institute's BS 5839 has recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of these systems. If these are followed, a false alarm issue is unlikely to occur.
  • Best practice requires that false alarms are logged and investigated so that any patterns and trends are identified and dealt with.
  • Be aware that steam and dust can trigger alarms and take precautions when possible.
  • Ensure staff and/or residents know what to do when the alarm goes off.

Home safety visits

We are committed to helping people stay safe in their homes. One of the ways we do this is by carrying out Home Safety Visits.

These are offered to people who are most at risk from fires in their homes.

Our specially trained staff will visit your home and give you advice on how to reduce the risk of having a fire.

Contact us if you or someone you know would like to find out more: 0800 177 7069.

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