Fires in the home are a big problem. The good news is that many can be prevented - as you can find out if you take part in our fire investigation quiz.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to a variety of overnight call-outs and just a few preventative safety checks could help keep you and your home safe.
Be Your Own Hero in Six Simple Steps
1 – Protect your home with working smoke alarms – install smoke alarms on every level and test them every week.
2 – Take extra care in the kitchen – over 50% of accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen.
3 - Checking your electrics – Check and maintain your electrical appliances – you can also register them for recall information.
4 – Smoke safe (if you must smoke at all) – put them out, right out.
5 - Make sure you sleep safe – a bedtime safety routine can reduce the risk of fire whilst you are asleep.
6 – Plan a safe escape – make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency.
Overnight incident round-up:
- At 18.11 yesterday (15 September) Hastings firefighters called to a bin fire caused by careless disposal of cigarette outside St Leonards post office, London Rd, St leonards.
- At 19.17 yesterday (15 September) Brighton firefighters called to a bin fire in Somerhill Avenue, Hove.
- At 20.04 yesterday (15 September) a Bexhill appliance was sent to an out of control bonfire in London Rd, Bexhill. Advice given to owner.
- At 20.52 yesterday (15 September) Forest Row firefighters sent to flooding affecting electrics, caused by a small leak from hot water cylinder. No action taken but advice given to occupier at the property in Newlands Place, Hartfield Rd, Forest Row.
- At 22.09 yesterday (15 September) a Crowborough appliance was sent to reports of a hedge and trees on fire in Luxford Lane. Crowborough. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.
- At 22.40 yesterday (15 September) Brighton firefighters were sent to a property in Gloucester Street, Brighton, after a radiator came off the wall. The crew isolated the water supply.
- At 22.59 yesterday (15 September) East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were mobilised to a fire reported on the first-floor of a building in Clarendon Road, Hove. No sign of fire but significant damage to Meter Box.
- At 00.27 this morning (16 September) Roedean firefighters sent to a property in Park Street. Brighton, where there was a leak in a boiler room. Firefighters isolated the leak and salage work undertaken by the crew.
- At 04.58 this morning (16 September) two crews sent to a garage at the rear of Courtenay Terrace, Hove, following reports of smoke. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire and a Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan used to clear smoke from the building.