Avon Fire & Rescue Service is asking students to think about fire safety

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is asking students to think about their fire safety during student fire safety week, which runs from Monday 23 October.

In support of the national campaign, AF&RS ran an exercise with staff and students at The University of the West of England on Wednesday 11 October.

The first part of the simulation provided the university with the opportunity to test their evacuation procedures.

Once the students were safely out of the building, the exercise was handed over to AF&RS and a simulated rescue of two ‘students’ was carried out in the smoke filled accommodation block. A video of the exercise can be seen here - http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/watch-firefighters-pull-students-smoke-651449

Crew Manager, Andy Baker said: “In the lead up to student fire safety week, this exercise was a great opportunity to promote how important it is that students take fire safety seriously and evacuate their buildings once they hear an alarm. It’s also essential that they don’t return to the building if there is a fire.”

On Monday 23 October, firefighters will be supporting Unite Students in Bristol with a fire drill for the new intake of students at Orchard House in Bristol. AF&RS will be supporting Unite Students with the evacuation and using this opportunity to deliver important fire safety messages to students.

Group Manager, Steve Quinton said: “The majority of fires we attend at student accommodation start in the kitchen, often when someone has become distracted. We’re asking students to make sure they don’t leave cooking unattended and take extra care if cooking with oil.

“If students have been drinking, we advise to give cooking a miss. If you fall asleep and your food catches fire, the results could be disastrous.”

Further advice to help keep students fire safe includes:

  • Testing your smoke alarm on a regular basis
  • Keeping candles away from flammable surfaces or materials that could burn such as curtains, TVs and bathtubs and never leaving candles unattended
  • Not overloading plug sockets and switching off electrical equipment when not in use
  • Making sure you know your escape route, ensuring it’s kept clear at all times and identifying a plan b, should your normal route be blocked
  • If you have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999

To raise awareness of fire safety within student accommodation, AF&RS is running a competition on their Facebook page. Students can enter the #FavouriteThings competition to win £50 of Amazon vouchers by identifying the possession they would be most devastated to lose in a fire.

To enter, all you need to do is ‘like’ the AF&RS Facebook page and add a comment stating which possession you would miss most in a fire.