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Students encouraged to think about fire safety in university accommodation

With new students settling into their new homes and new routines and returning students getting back into the swing of all things university, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), as part of the Fire Kills National Student Fire Safety Week Campaign, is encouraging all students to have a think about their fire safety.

There is extra emphasis on the safety messages this year with more students forced into staying inside their accommodation due to Coronavirus restrictions.

“With all the excitement and opportunity that university life brings, fire safety might not be at the top of your list of priorities,” said Craig Drinkald, Area Manager for CFRS with responsibility for Community Safety.

“However, in amongst all your studying and socialising, taking a few moments to think about your accommodation, how you use it and what you might do to reduce any fire risks might save your life.”

By following these Fire Kills campaign top tips, you can help make sure that your student experience is a fire-safe one:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended and take extra care when frying with oil.
  • Don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol, especially late at night.
  • If you smoke, make sure you put your cigarette out, right out.
  • Keep candles away from flammable surfaces or material that might burn – such as curtains, TVs, bathtubs – and never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Don’t overload plug sockets and switch off electrical equipment such as chargers, hair straighteners and blow dryers when not in use.
  • Make sure you know your escape routes and have a plan B in case your route is blocked.
  • In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

CFRS Group Manager Will Richardson added: “Each and every university or college has a person responsible for fire safety. If you spot a fire risk or have any concerns, then you should speak to them.”

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