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Fire service news and announcements
« on: October 18, 2019, 04:19:00 PM »
Never been keen on candles in the house but during power cuts I have used candles, in a glass container for safety, so reading this was a bit of a shock, and well worth sharing on the Forum.

Photos show the aftermath of a freak accident which saw a glass jar with a candle in it explode and cause a house fire.
Fire chiefs are warning people not to leave burning candles unattended after two people were "lucky to escape" a blaze which destroyed their bathroom.

The warning has been issued as part of National Candle Fire Safety Week, which takes place this week.

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Residents using candles are advised to follow the safety advice below:

Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder, on a stable surface, and away from materials that may catch fire - such as curtains
Children and pets should never be left alone with lit candles
Never leave a lit candle unattended. Put candles out whenever you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night
Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times
Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid vents or air currents - this will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping
Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring
Don’t move candles once they are lit
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use
Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder, as these candles are designed to liquefy when heated, to maximise fragrance
Always burn candles on a heat resistant mat
Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare
Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out which may cause sparks.

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Re: Fire service ..........CHARITY CAR WASH TODAY
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2019, 11:44:47 AM »
LLANDUDNO FIRE STATION CAR WASH DAY IN AID OF THE FIRE FIGHTERS CHARITY SAT 02 Nov 2019

A bit late to find out, but give it a go if you can.        10am  4pm                           TODAY

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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2019, 10:26:24 AM »
Fire officers are highlighting the importance of using white goods appliances safely after three people had a lucky escape.

Crews from Llandudno and Colwyn Bay were called to the property at Hafod Road West, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno at 2.01pm.
A smoke alarm alerted the residents and they were able to call 999 and escape safely with reassurance advice issued by control operators.

Steve Roberts, Locality Manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “This incident once again highlights the importance of smoke alarms which alerted the occupants to the fire in their home.

“The fire started in a tumble dryer which was housed in a cupboard under the stairs in the property. If you use a tumble dryer, it must have appropriate ventilation - do not place items on top or around the appliance.

“Other important safety tips for using white goods appliances safely include:
* Don’t overload plug sockets - the high wattage for a tumble dryer means that it needs its own 13-amp socket. Keep an eye out for any scorching or burn marks, including checking any visible electrical wires.

*Don't leave appliances unattended – don't turn the tumble dryer on before you leave the house or go to bed. Tumble dryers contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that can get very hot.

*Keep your dryer well ventilated, make sure the vent pipe is kink free and not blocked or crushed in any way.

*Always clean out the filter after using your tumble dryer.

*Always allow each drying programme, including the 'cool down cycle', to complete fully before emptying the machine. If you stop the machine mid cycle, the clothing will still be hot.

*Don’t ignore the warning signs – if you can smell burning or clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle, stop using your appliance and have it checked out by a professional.
*To help protect you and your family in the event of a fire, ensure you have working smoke alarms fitted in your home and test them regularly.
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Re: Fire service.....Whirlpool recall washing machines
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2019, 03:25:18 PM »
Whirlpool to recall hundreds of thousands of fire-risk washing machines.

Whirlpool has announced it is to recall hundreds of thousands of fire-risk washing machines just months after it launched a major recall of potentially dangerous dryers.

The firm said as many as 519,000 washing machines sold under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands in the UK between October 2014 and February 2018 could be affected by a flaw with the door-locking system that could lead to them overheating and potentially catching fire.

It has urged owners of appliances bought since 2014 to contact Whirlpool immediately to check if their washing machine is one of the models affected.

In the meantime, it advised consumers to unplug their washing machines and not use them.

Those who chose to continue using their machines should only use cold water cycles of 20C or lower as this significantly reduces the risk, Whirlpool said.

This is because the issue is associated with the washing machine's heating element being activated during washing cycles above 20C.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2019, 04:09:18 PM »
That’s after production went to Poland
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Re: Fire service news and announcements ,,Chilldrens competition win Lego
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 09:53:41 AM »
PARENTS home schooling are being urged to take advantage of a poster competition.

North Wales Fire and Rescue service are running a poster competition for children. The prize is a Lego fire station.

Youngsters are being tasked to draw a firefighter or fire engine, a rainbow of hope and include one of the following fire safety messages:

Don't forget about your cooking
Don't overload your electrics
Test your smoke alarm.

Send a name, age, a grown ups's name and contact details to press@nwales-fireservice.org.uk

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The service has provided links, information and websites enabling children to learn more about fire safety.

This include Sparkton online game, a family safety quiz, interactive resources teaching about water safety, stories and games for KS1 and younger children and workbooks and resources for all ages, including secondary and sixth form.       ref Pioneer

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2020, 05:10:22 PM »
Firefighters appeal for people to take care in the kitchen after being called to four cooking fires in 12 hours

NORTH Wales firefighters are urging people to do them a big favour while they are social isolating in their homes - and take care when they cook.

Firefighters attended four cooking fires within 12 hours on Sunday – and a senior fire officer is asking the public to listen to his appeal to take extra care in their homes and help reduce the demand on firefighters in the region.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2020, 10:30:25 AM »
A piece on social media doing the rounds this morning.............  Warning

Some one who used hand sanitiser , then lit a gas oven, causing the alcohol in the gel to ignite, not serious, but could have been worse.

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2020, 10:36:03 AM »
We also need to convince people that soap and water are far more effective at destroying Covid—19 than alcohol gels. Soap breaks down the lipid coating of the virus and renders it inactive. Alcohol gels should only be used as a stand by.
“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.”   ― Michel de Montaigne

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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2020, 12:13:49 PM »
With the last couple posts in mind.........


How safe is your homeworking set up?
People working from home have been asked to consider how safe their setup is.


Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "With increased use of electrical equipment in many homes such as laptops, tablets and phones it's important that you use and charge them correctly."

A GUIDE TO HOME SAFETY issued by the Fire Service

Contents
IF THERE IS A FIRE RING 999
AND ASK FOR THE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
Alarms and testing...3
Kitchen Safety...4
Electrical Safety ...5
Candle Safety...8
Safe smoking...8
Summer Safety...9
Camping, caravanning and tents ...........................................................................11
Winter Safety ...12
High-rise living...13
Celebrate safely...14
Wildfires ...14
Bedtime routine ...15
Escape Plan...16
Survival guidance ...18
Partnership information..............................................................................................20
Useful contacts...32

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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2020, 10:41:00 AM »
I think we forget they deal with a lot more than fires.....................   clappinghappy                  clappinghappy

SOME firefighters in Wales could soon be swapping their fire engines for an ambulance as part of the fight against the coronavirus.

The Welsh Government has revealed training will begin in the near future in a bid to increase the capacity of the ambulance service during the Covid-19 outbreak.

It comes as deputy minister for housing and local government, Hannah Blythyn has written to express her gratitude to fire service staff for their hard work during the current crisis.

As part of the response to coronavirus, fire services in south Wales have already deployed mass decontamination units to hospitals to serve as temporary triage facilities.

Firefighters nationally also played a crucial role in tackling the recent flooding caused by storms Ciara and Dennis.

“Firefighters have a unique and extensive set of skills and capabilities and are rightly held in very high regard by the public.

“Our fire and rescue services have a long and proud tradition of reacting and working swiftly, effectively and above all selflessly in times of crises.
“There has never been a greater need for us to call on that tradition.

“The coronavirus outbreak represents one of the biggest challenges anyone of us have experienced and we know there will be additional pressures put on the service.
“I am confident the fire service will continue to make a real difference in the response to the pandemic in Wales.” refPioneer


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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2020, 01:06:19 PM »
Firefighters issue plea after outdoor fires in Gwynedd and Conwy put service under 'extra pressure'                          ref DP
Two out of control blazes in Pwllheli and Llanfair TH tied up valuable front line resources.

Three crews were tied up dealing with the Conwy incident, they extinguished five metres of rubbish that was on fire.

The North Wales Fire & Rescue Service is urging people not to burn waste, while the emergency services efforts are focused on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

"A small fire can spread so easily...Please don’t put unnecessary extra pressure on North Wales’ services. Let’s work together to fight coronavirus."                           


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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2020, 03:53:45 PM »
Attempts to show show solidarity with NHS workers with sky lanterns is 'misguided', says fire chiefs

PEOPLE are being asked not to buy sky lanterns and set them off in support of the NHS and carers.

A spokesperson from North Wales Police said the lanterns could cause a 'significant' fire.
They added: "A better, safer way to show your support is to simply stay at home."

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has warned that the campaign to encourage the public to light the lanterns in support of solidarity for NHS workers is ‘misguided’.

Roy Wilsher, NFCC chairperson, said: “While I fully understand people wanting to show their support to the NHS, I would encourage people to find a different way to do this.

“NFCC does not advocate the use of sky lanterns and we do not believe they should be used under any circumstances.

“All emergency services are currently under unprecedented pressure due to Covid-19, and I am concerned this type of activity could not only put additional pressure on the fire service, but further strain on the NHS.

“If a sky lantern causes a fire, it could see firefighters spending valuable time dealing with what could be a complex and large-scale incident. Time which could be spent supporting vulnerable people in the community, as part of the fire services response to Covid-19.”

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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2020, 01:55:54 PM »
Firefighters are urging people to "use common sense" after a huge blaze took hold of a hillside and put homes at risk.

Crews were called to Pwllheli at around 1.30pm on Thursday after flames spread across the hillside.

The fire service said it started out as someone burning a small amount of waste in their garden but turned into an emergency after the fire went "out of control".

The fire took hold of 2,000 square metres of gorse, bracken and wood.

Fire chiefs have renewed calls for people not to burn items at their homes and in their gardens, and said this incident put "additional burden" on emergency services who are already under pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Group manager Jeff Hall said: "Once again we have controlled burning which has gone out of control. This was a small garden waste fire that has spread to a hillside and is threatening properties in the vicinity.

"Thankfully, we've got it under control with three appliances, but once again this is a clear demonstration of what we don't want to see in these times of coronavirus - placing additional resource burdens on our fire and rescue service.

"Please, please, I implore you do not burn at home in these times. We have dry weather and obviously the Covid issue. Please use common sense, and stay safe."     ref DP

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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2020, 04:00:24 PM »
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Staff took part in a minute’s silence at midday to mark Firefighters’ Memorial Day, paying tribute to firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty and acknowledging the courage and dedication of generations of firefighters, including those who serve today #FMD2020