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    Crews talking road safety in North Devon

    With all the festive celebrations around Christmas time driving safely becomes more important than ever, especially the danger of drinking and driving. With this objective in mind, Road Safety Crews from North Devon will be working in partnership with the Police talking to members of the public about how to stay safe.

    The crews will have the Road Traffic Collision reduction; this displays road safety clips from a pop up TV screen from the boot. The drunk, driving campaign messages will also include: keeping speeds down, driving in winter weather conditions, always wearing seatbelts, not using your mobile while driving,

    Crews will also be asking everyone to ensure that any animals travelling in your car are secured safely.

    Planned events are as follows:
    Hatherleigh Market on Tuesday 15th December
    Mole Valley Farmers and Waitrose Holsworthy on Wednesday morning 16 December
    Mole Valley Farmers, South Molton Friday morning 18 December
    Chulmleigh Town Hall on Saturday morning 19 December

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    Electricity is a major cause of accidental fires in homes. Faulty electrics, appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets all cause around 7,000 house fires across the country every year. As part of Electrical Safety Week, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are reminding everyone of the dangers of overloaded sockets.

    Many people have extension leads in their homes, often using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that you can plug into a wall socket. Although there is space on an adaptor to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power.

    The Electrical Safety Council has created an easy to use calculator where you can plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load. The calculator is intended to help you understand how you can avoid overloading your sockets and reduce the risk of fire. To use the calculator please visit our electrical safety page.

    Top tips for plugs and sockets

    Watch for signs of dangerous or loose wiring such as: scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that often blow, circuit breakers that trip for no obvious reasons and flickering lights.
    Don’t overloaded sockets – plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating.
    Certain appliances, such as washing machines, should have a single plug to themselves, as they are high powered.
    An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take, so be careful not to overload them to reduce the risk of fire. Appliances use different amounts of power – a television may use a 3amp plug and a vacuum cleaner a 5amp plug for example.
    Look out for signs of badly wired plugs – any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug making it a fire hazard.
    Never cut sealed plugs off to use them again.
    View the Electrical Safety First video when a cat and dog were left at home on their own.

    To request free Home Safety advice call free on: now 0800 0502999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website

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    Don’t let your Halloween get too scary

    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are asking everyone dressing up in spooky gear this Halloween to be aware of the issue surrounding fire safety of fancy dress costumes. Many adults and children are injured in accidents where lighted candles or fireworks have ignited flammable costumes and hair.

    Please, ensure children are well supervised at all times, especially if they are around fireworks, sparklers or open flames such as pumpkins with candles.

    See our top tips for Halloween dressing:

    Keep away from naked flames – avoid using a naked flame or candle in pumpkins; use a torch, glow stick or battery operated candle
    If your clothing does catch on fire then ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ this is a way to try to extinguish the flames and also to stop the flames from rising towards the face.
    Choose a costume and mask that doesn’t restrict a child’s visibility.
    Wear woollen tights or ‘heavy’ trousers (jeans) and a woollen jumper under the costume.
    Avoid capes, trains, and dangling sleeves. These can drag and brush against a naked flame such as a candle and also pose the risk of a tripping hazard.
    Look out for costumes that meet European Toy (EN71), and British nightwear flammability (BS5722 test 3) safety standard – the toughest standard that currently exists.
    Use caution when creating homemade costumes. Stick with polyester, nylon, wool, and acrylic fabrics and make sure the costumes are not loose-fitting.
    Don’t use materials made of natural fibres, for example, cotton wool balls.
    Don’t use refuse sacks/bin liners as capes or dresses.
    Opt for battery-operated candles instead of lit ones for pumpkins.

    See our top tips for Candle Safety:
    Never leave candles or lit pumpkins unattended in your home or near a walking path. See
    Make sure candles are secured in a fire resistant holder and away from furniture and curtains.
    Always leave at least 10cm between burning candles/tea lights and never place them under shelves or other enclosed spaces.
    Put candles out when you leave the room and make sure they’re put out completely before you go to bed.
    Never burn a candle right down into the holder.
    Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.
    You increase the risk of fire or injury if you move a candle while it is lit.
    Always put candles/tea lights out and leave to cool down before you try to move them.
    Keep candles, matches and lighters away from children and pets.
    Please visit our website for candle fire safety and our candle safety leaflet.

  • #611

    March is Smoke Alarm Testing Month and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are asking everyone to get involved by deciding who in your home presses the buttons on your smoke alarms to check they are still working?

    How to get involved by sending us a photo

    Here’s what to do

           Take a photo of whoever in your home presses the button on your smoke alarm as they are pressing the button!

           Share your photo on twitter #presssmokebutton and @DSFireUpdates

           Share your photo on facebook on Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service


    Top tips for keeping your alarms in working order

    • Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button regularly.
    • Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it’s still up to date.
    • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
    • Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance.


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    Have a romantic and safe Valentines

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, a day when traditionally chocolate, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones.  Maybe you’re planning a romantic candle lit meal at home?

    Without wishing to put out the fire of passion, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind you of some fire safety tips in the home. Over 50% of fires start in the kitchen, it’s all too easy to get distracted when cooking your loved one a special meal, especially after a drink.

    Rather than ruining a romantic moment, keep the fire safety tips below in mind and stay safe.

    Cooking safely
    There are several things you can do to prevent fires when using a cooker:
    • make sure you don’t get 
    distracted when cooking, even for a short period of time, turn off the cooker
    • turn saucepans so the handles don’t stick out over the edge of the hob or over another ring make sure tea-towels aren’t hanging over the cooker and don’t put oven gloves on top of a hot cooker
    • keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your cooker top
    • double check that the cooker is off when you have finished cooking

    Candles are best placed:
    • on a heat-resistant surface – be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic
    • in a proper candle holder, so they don’t fall over
    • out of draughts and away from curtains, other fabrics or furniture, which could catch fire
    • away from clothes and hair – if there’s any chance you could forget a candle is there and lean across it, put it somewhere else

    Smoke Alarms
    Stay alive and stay safe with a working smoke alarm. This will greatly increase your chances of escaping from a fire unharmed. Without one you and your family are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home. 
    Check that a smoke alarm is fitted on each level of your property: 
    • once a year – change your battery or consider buying a ten-year alarm which will not require frequent battery changes
    • regularly check your alarms by pressing the button
    • once a year –   vacuum and wipe the smoke alarm casing to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor chamber (for mains wired alarms, switch off first).

    By not getting too caught up in the heat of the moment you’ll hopefully have a sizzling hot but safe Valentine’s night!

  • #654

    Free Fire safety advice for B&B’s or small guesthouses


    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Exeter City Council and East Devon Council are keen to work with owners of B&B’s or small Guesthouses to ensure they are aware of and complying with the requirements of the current fire safety and Food Safety & Hygiene legislation.


    A number of free events are being held in the Exeter and East Devon area to assist you in complying with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which is the current fire safety legislation and the Food safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.


    There will be a short presentation on the requirements imposed by these legislation and guidance on how to satisfy these requirements. We will be answering questions like:

    • Do I need a Fire Alarm?
    • I only have three bedrooms do I need to do a Fire Risk Assessment?
    • What are the rules on food hygiene for me?


    We will be on hand to answer questions and signpost you to further information and assistance. Remember, you are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of all persons that use or work in your premises.


    Please see below for a list of free events and venues and book yourself in on the most convenient date and location as soon as possible.


    Please pass this information onto anyone who you feel may also benefit from these events. 


    FREE Fire Safety Compliance Events for B&B’s or small guesthouses


    Tuesday 27 January 2015 2pm – Middlemoor fire station, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter

    Thursday 29 January 2015 2pm – Exmouth Fire Station, Exmouth

    Friday 30 January 2015 2pm – Axminster Guildhall, Axminster

    Monday 2 February 2015 2pm – EDDC Council Chambers, The Knowle, Sidmouth

    Wednesday 4 February 2015 2pm – Beehive Centre, Honiton

    Tuesday 10 February 2015 2pm – Middlemoor fire station, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter

    Thursday 12 February 2015 6.30pm – Fire Service HQ, Clyst St George, Exeter

  • #664

    This year’s resolution – protect your loved ones from fire


    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to make one of their resolutions in 2015 to check that their smoke alarms are up to date and are in the right place to protect their home.


    A smoke alarm can give someone the few extra seconds they need to escape in a fire. But while the majority of homes across the country now have an alarm fitted, most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of just ten years and then needs replacing.


    On top of that, for those who live in a multi-storey home or a larger property a single smoke alarm may simply not be enough. A smoke alarm will not give a warning if it is not close enough to detect the fire.


    To keep your alarms in working order:

    • Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button regularly.
    • Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it’s still up to date.
    • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
    • Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance.
    • Take a moment to check on your less able loved ones to ensure they’re fully protected


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    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to take care lighting candles this coming Candle Fire Safety Week and snuff out the risk of fire in their homes.

    With candle fires resulting in over 350 casualties each year in England, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to take extra care with candles this winter – over 40% of all fires started by candles result in a death or injury.

    The most important step you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to ensure your home has a working smoke alarm. 

    Make sure your candles are kept away from flammable materials like curtains and ensure candles are put out when you leave the room, even for a moment.

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    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are taking part in the Fire Kills campaign this coming clock change weekend. The Service is determined to prevent as many fire deaths as possible from happening and encourage everyone to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks on the 26 October.


    Tick, Tock, Test – provides a catchy reminder to hopefully prompt everyone into action when changing all your timepieces throughout your home.

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    Make a clean sweep for safety

    With summer drawing to a close, Chimney Fire Safety Week takes place from 9 –15 September and this provides a timely reminder to make sure that your chimney is ready for the winter months ahead.  As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is urging householders to ensure their chimney is safe and to have their chimney swept by a registered chimney sweep. 

    The Fire Service has provided some top tips for safer chimneys:

    ·         always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers

    ·         keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained

    ·         make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed or leaving the house

    ·         when burning wood, use dry, seasoned woods only

    ·         never burn cardboard boxes or waste paper

    ·         do not overload the grate 

    ·         consider having a carbon monoxide detector fitted as an additional safeguard against the build-up of poisonous fumes

    ·         have a working smoke alarm


    For more information please visit our website Chimney fires.

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    Become a fire safety hero!

    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service as part of the Fire Kills campaign is encouraging local families and child carers to be a “Safety Hero” by taking simple measures to stay safe. This is part of Child Safety Week 2014, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust from 23 to 29 June.

    Don’t let your child play with fire – Keep candles, lighters and matches well out of children’s reach, and never leave burning candles unattended.

    •         Keep safe in the kitchen – Make sure children know that the kitchen is not a play area – never leave younger children alone in the kitchen when you’re cooking and never let them play near the oven and hob.

    •         Socket safety – Teach children not to poke anything, especially fingers, into sockets.

    •         Nominate your child to be the ‘Escape champ’ – Regularly role-play escape routes and give children the responsibility to keep escape routes clear.

    •         Get ‘key clever’ – Encourage your children to check that keys are in the correct place. Keys for windows and doors should always be kept in an accessible place so you can get out quickly in the event of a fire.

    •         Discuss how to call 999 – Make sure children know which number to call in an emergency. They should also know their address. You can pin both up by the phone; explain the importance of only calling 999 in a real emergency.

    •         Fit and maintain a smoke alarm – A working smoke alarm can give you the vital time you need to escape a house fire. You should have one on each level of your home and test it weekly. 

    •         Don’t remove the batteries – If your smoke alarm keeps going off accidentally while you are cooking, don’t remove the batteries. Instead move the alarm or change it for one with a silencer button.

    •         In the event of a fire ‘Get out, Stay out, Call 999!’ – Don’t delay for valuables, don’t investigate or try to tackle the fire.  Use a mobile, a neighbour’s phone or a phone box to call 999.  If someone needs to be rescued wait safely outside for the firefighters who have the equipment and training to do it.   Never go back in.


    For advice on fire safety, please visit our website or go to

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     Road Safety Week 9-15 June

    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is joining with other fire and rescue services across the country for a week of activity promoting road safety to local communitiesThe focus of the week is to ensure road safety messages are send out to all road users, in particular pedestrians, young drivers, cyclists and bikers.

    This week we will be at:-

           11 June – A partnership event in Princesshay with the Travel Devon team talking to pedestrians and cyclists

           14 June – A young driver event at Westpoint Exeter – AA under 17 driving experience day

           15 June – A Bike Fest at Westpoint talking with motorcyclists

           15 June – Dowland Country Fair taking a fire engine and the VW simulator


    For more information visit CFOA Road Safety Week

    Visit our website for more information on Road Safety in Devon and Somerset.


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    Press Release 

    Recognising the early symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning will save your life.

    The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are similar to the ‘flu’. They can include:

    • nausea
    • dizziness
    • tiredness
    • headaches
    • stomach pains
    • chest pains

    If you experience these symptoms but feel better when you are outside or away from the appliance, you could be suffering from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

    For more information on Carbon Monoxide visit our website.


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    Gorse fires alert

    With sunny weather predicted for the Easter weekend many people will be encouraged to be outside, whether this is a causal stroll in the countryside or hiking across Dartmoor.

    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service remind walkers and campers to be mindful of the impact and damage that a gorse fire has on the environment. They also tie up valuable fire resources for some time.

    Following this incident the fire service are advising people to be vigilant in rural areas and follow this simple advice:

    • extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly 
    • never throw cigarette ends out of car windows 
    • don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start fires; take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.
    • avoid using open fires in the countryside 
    • if you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately 
    • don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.

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