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Overnight round-up 25 February

Date : 25 February 2019


Fires

  • At 17.27 yesterday (24 February) three crews from Uckfield and Crowborough were sent to Ashdown Forest, Churchill, Crowborough, following reports of a digger on fire.
  •  At 18.01 yesterday (24 February) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to Dukes Drive, in Eastbourne, following reports of a small bin fire.

Storing waste – advice for businesses

Businesses are being reminded not to leave combustible materials close to premises, which can become a fire hazard as flames can quickly spread to nearby buildings placing others at risk.

Businesses should consider this risk, within their fire risk assessment, which should address the risk of a fire on their premises affecting others in the vicinity - especially where this affects others ability to escape. Have a look at our Business Safety pages.

Chimney Safety

Residents can take precautions to prevent a chimney fire in the home including making sure your chimney is swept regularly and according to the type of fuel used. Find out more on how to keep safe, if you have a chimney, along with contact details for the National Association of Chimney Sweeps, to find a reputable chimney sweep near you.

Storing waste – advice for businesses

Businesses are being reminded not to leave combustible materials close to premises, which can become a fire hazard as flames can quickly spread to nearby buildings placing others at risk.

Businesses should consider this risk, within their fire risk assessment, which should address the risk of a fire on their premises affecting others in the vicinity - especially where this affects others ability to escape. Have a look at our Business Safety pages.

Cooking safety advice

Did you know that more than half of accidental fires at home start in the kitchen?

Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended.

For more information on how to keep safe whilst you are cooking and what to do if a fire starts in your kitchen visit. Click here for further details.

How do I know when I have a chimney fire? 

  • A loud roaring noise, which occurs as massive amounts of air are sucked through the appliance or fireplace opening and used to oxidize the combustible fuels within the system.
  • Sparks and flames seen shooting from the chimney top, which can be firework like in appearance.
  • A glowing or shimmering appliance outlet or connector.
  • Vibrating appliance, outlet or connector.
  • Flames visible through any tiny cracks in the outlet or connector.
  • Smoke and odours noticeable in adjoining rooms or the loft space.
  • The heating up of the chimney breast or flue pipe, in the same room as the appliance and also other rooms that the flue passes through.

·         What to do in the event of a chimney fire 

  • Put the spark guard on and call 999.
  • REMEMBER - If it is left unattended, a chimney fire can spread into the rest of the house.
  • Some people fear that they will be charged for the Fire Service to attend a chimney fire - this is not true.

Road Traffic Collisions

  • At 17.40 yesterday (24 February) Roedean firefighters were sent to College Place, Brighton, following reports of a road traffic collision involving one motorcycle and one car. The crew made the scene made safe. 

Did you know that on average 1 in 278 people are killed or injured in road traffic collisions in East Sussex every year?  For advice, hints and tips on road safety click here.

 Flooding

  • At 23.10 last night (24 February) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to Ratton Road, Eastbourne, after electrics were flooded. The crew isolated the electrics and safety advice was given to the residents.

Being Prepared

When bad weather hits, it is often too late to prevent damage and so the best way to deal with potential floods is to be prepared. Floods can happen quickly so don't wait until it is too late to think about preparation.

Do you know....

How to turn off your electricity and gas supplies?

  • What is covered by your insurance?
  • Who you can call if you need assistance?

Further information

Staying alert and preparing for the worst can help keep you, your family and your property safe. For more information on flood safety and useful contacts see our website.

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