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Overnight incident round-up 9 July

Date : 09 July 2019

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False alarms caused a number of overnight call-outs, as crews were sent to Hastings, Crowborough, Hellingly, Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove.

Did you know that activities near fire detectors, particularly smoke detectors, are the cause of many false alarms?

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service needs your help to reduce these incidents. Just a few simple steps could make a difference.

What can you do?

  • Cooking Fumes - Only cook in the areas that have the correct detection facilities.  Use the right extractor fans and close doors between cooking areas. Think about the location of toasters, they are frequent offenders.
  • Steam - Keeps shower rooms well ventilated and doors closed. Signs will remind people if they need to switch off extractor fans or open windows to stop steam building up. Qualified engineers can advise on the best type of detector to use around steamy areas.
  • Smoking - Keep to clearly identified smoking areas that are protected with appropriate detectors. Smoking under smoke detectors will set them off!
  • Aerosol sprays - Prevent the use or aerosols near fire alarms detractors or consider different products.
  • Hot and/or Dusty Work - Approved staff could fit temporary covers on detectors during the work and remove them afterwards.  Other staff in the area (including contractors) will need to be reminded to raise the alarm if they see a fire. 
  • Dust can also prevent detectors from effectively working so it is essential to plan all hot and dusty work carefully.

Make sure that contractors carrying out work take additional care not to trigger alarms by accident.

Other overnight incidents:

  • At 17.44 yesterday (8 July) two appliances were sent to Firle Road, Seaford, following reports of a fire in the open, affecting 30sq metres. Firefighters used two beaters and two flexible backpacks, which are commonly used for firefighting forest fires in difficult terrain and difficult-to-reach fires, to tackle the fire.
  • At 19.28 yesterday (8 July) a crew were sent to deal with a lorry leaking fuel along the A27 Westbound, B2123 Falmer to A270, where they made the scene safe.
  • At 21.52 yesterday (8 July) two appliances were sent to London Road, Preston, Brighton, where firefighters rescued five people shut in a lift.
  • At 23.00 last night (8 July) a crews were mobilised to Blackman Street, in Brighton, due to reports of a fire in the open. Buckets of water were used to extinguish the fire, involving cardboard. 



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