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Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 16:44 GMT
Ten tips for fire safety
A pan fire
There were fewer home fires during the last strike
Vigilance is the watchword for householders during the firefighters' strike.

Safety experts say extra attention paid to the risk of fire paid off during the last strike when the number of home fires actually dropped.

Roger Vincent, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) said: "These are measures that people should be taking all of the time.

"But this strike will focus people's attention on safety in their own homes."

Although 999 calls will be answered, there are a number of simple precautions every householder should take.

Fire safety tipsT

  • Put all matches and lighters out of the reach of children

  • Put a fireguard in front of fires and heaters

  • If you smoke, make sure you have a deep ashtray and that cigarettes are properly extinguished

  • Do not smoke in bed

  • Don't leave cooking unattended

  • Never fill a chip pan more than one third full of fat

  • Keep bonfires well away from fences and hedges

  • Make sure candles are stable and do not leave them unattended

  • Check around the house for fire hazards before going to bed

  • Fit smoke alarms, check they are working and test them regularly

    For fire information contact 0845 0800 723.


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