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Fire Safety Advice for University Students

As thousands of young people across Essex get ready to start university, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are offering some help and advice to keep them fire safe in their halls of residence and student homes.

While university is a fun and exciting time to make new friends, learn new skills and create memories which will last a lifetime, it is also the first time many students will have lived away from home and looked after themselves.

Last year, two students in Colchester had to be rescued from a flat fire after their unattended cooking caught alight. Although the smoke alarm was going off the two females in the flat were asleep in their bedrooms and due to being intoxicated from alcohol, did not hear the smoke alarm.

By following a few simple fire safety tips new and returning students can make sure they stay safe in their student digs:

  • Never attempt to cook after consuming alcohol
  • Ensure all cookers and hobs are turned off after use
  • Keep hobs, ovens and grills clean as a build-up of fat and grease can catch fire. Remember to empty the crumb tray in your toaster regularly.
  • Never leave lit candles or burning incense unattended
  • Do not dry clothes on electric room heaters or drape fabric over lights
  • Avoid overloading extension cords and adapters; just because there are four sockets per adapter doesn’t mean it’s always safe to use them all

Lee Lucas, Head of Community Safety, said: We know that going to university is an exciting time but we want to make sure that students are safe in their new homes. By following our advice students can make sure that they are safe in their new homes and that their university experience is not ruined by a devastating fire.”

Firefighters and Community Safety Officers will be attending the Fresher's Fair at the University of Essex this Saturday (6 October), so if you going along, please come over and see us.

 

 

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