East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on people to take simple safety measures to prevent fires in their homes.
It’s after a fire which left one person suffering from smoke inhalation.
At 09:05 on 14 August 2019, we received reports of a fire in a flat on DeRoos Road in Eastbourne.
Crews discovered that there was a fire in the airing cupboard of a ground floor flat.
They used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel to put the fire out.
They cleared the smoke using a positive pressure ventilation fan.
A fire investigation concluded that the cause was faulty electrics.
- Smoke alarms – protect your home with working smoke alarms – install them on every level of your home and test them every week
- Take extra care in the kitchen – around half of accidental house fires start in the kitchen, often when people are cooking
- Check your electrics – look out for signs of wear and tear, turn off appliances when not in use and register them at www.registermyappliance.org.uk/
- If you or someone else in the home smokes, ensure you use proper ashtrays and put cigarettes out properly
- You’re more at risk from fire when you’re asleep so bring in a night-time routine – close doors to stop fire spreading, check your cooker and other appliances are off, and keep door and window keys where you can easily find them.
- Plan a safe escape to make sure that you know how to leave your home quickly and safely in an emergency
Read more at: www.esfrs.org/safer-homes