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Brighton graduates encourage people to Be Your Own Hero

Date : 21 January 2019

As part of our Be Your Own Hero campaign, we have been working with graduates from Brighton Film School to produce a series of short videos highlighting everyday incidents that could happen to you. 

The campaign weaves together five situations that the fire service responds to including key areas of water safety, road safety and fires in the home

We will be releasing one video every day this week on Twitter and Facebook. The final full-length video containing all five stories is available here on our website and social media on Friday.   

We are hoping the campaign will raise awareness of how quickly and easily everyday occurrences can turn in to life-threatening situations and to try and prevent it from happening so regularly.

Vital safety messages

Daisy Wesson, Director said: “It was an exciting opportunity to work with the Fire Service to produce a series of life-saving videos that contain vital safety messages.  When taking up this opportunity, I was not aware of some of the most basic dangers that can quickly spiral out of control.

I also hope these videos demonstrate the wide variety of incidents that the Fire Service responds to. It was an eye-opener for me that they do so much more than just attending fires.” 

Fire Safety

Did you know?

  • Cooking and electrical fires are top of the list for causes of fires at home;
  • Burnt food is often a major culprit of house fires when people become distracted by their busy lives;
  • Tea towels and other items left on the cooker are also an issue;
  • People forget that they are cooking and become distracted by pets, children, social media and other activities;
  • Beauty appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons are a major cause of house fires and dangerous burns, according to research from Electrical Safety First. An estimated 650,0001 house fires in the UK have been caused by a straightener or similar device being left on.  

Water Safety

Statistics show that Saturday nights have a higher number of drownings than any other night of the week. Many drowning victims are under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol reduces inhibitions and can mean you take more risks.

If you’ve been drinking stay out of the water.

Road Safety

We are working with partner agencies including Sussex Police, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and local Community Speedwatch groups to help reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads of East Sussex.

Did you know?

  • Drivers who use phones, either hands-free and hand-held, have been found to be four times more likely to be in a crash resulting in injuries than drivers not distracted;
  • Drivers on phones are more likely to be blame-worthy in crashes;
  • After interacting with a phone or other device, it can take nearly half a minute to regain full attention.  

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