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Get Alarmed this Christmas

17th December 2009

As we approach Christmas, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) is seeking to reduce the number of domestic kitchen fires throughout the County.
Since 10th December there have been 11 fires involving pans being left on hobs unattended, cooking being left unattended, a toaster fire and even a dishwasher fire.

Tragically, an elderly gentleman lost his life in Strensall near York this week following a fire in his kitchen, although this incident is still being investigated.

Group Manager Trevor Lund, in charge of Community Safety at NYFRS said recently;“At this time of year we often see an increase in fires starting in kitchens as people celebrate, entertain guests and forget about basic fire safety. Perhaps after drinking more alcohol than usual, a snack seems like a good idea but then the cooker, hob or chip pan is left unattended and a fire starts. Very quickly the smoke produced can be lethal.

He continued; "If someone is living alone, or elderly and infirm, they may become more vulnerable to such accidents in the home especially, and we would ask people to think about checking on neighbours’ wellbeing as they go about their daily business. We work very hard with partners such as NHS, Primary Care Trusts, North Yorkshire County Council, Social Services, City of York Council and many others to raise public awareness of risks and will continue to do so in order to keep our communities safe wherever possible”.

NYFRS will carry out FREE home risk fire checks, give advice and fit free smoke alarms. If you know anyone who you think will benefit from this service please call NYFRS on 01609 788545, contact your local fire station or visit www.northyorksfire.gov.uk for further information.

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