Emergency Services: Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services
Our local fire station is situated at Fenny Compton, this is a retained fire station, which basically means that the firefighters are on call and react to an alerter system
Our fire station in the past has had many threats of closure, the last being in 2009.
Shotteswell campaigned vigorously to maintain this service, the crew at Fenny Compton are simply wonderful. You can read more about the consultation for retaining the Fenny Compton fire station here.
Fenny Compton have provided an appliance to attend our first fete for many years in 2011, the crew despite being on call , were on hand to explain how we can all make our homes safer and reduce the risk to potential fires. The firefighters also explained the importance of fitting working smoke alarms and the overall benefit of considering carbon monoxide detectors.
Watch out for updates and news of Fire & Rescue initiatives, along with public safety announcements such as electrical product recalls.
Each year an annual inspection of electric blankets is offered by F&R services , it is strongly recommended that this offer is taken up.
Fenny Compton have their own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fenny.firestation where you can keep abreast of what is happening in our area and any potential recruitment drives.
WF&RS also have their own Facebook page, where more general information over what is happening across the county can be found.
Some of their recent publicity:
Firefighters are warning people not to leave their dishwashers on when they leave their home or go to bed at night, after attending a number of fires where faulty dishwashers have been the cause.
To help keep you and your family safe here are some useful tips:
Every Tuesday get into the habit of testing your smoke alarm: Test it Tuesday campaign, here is a very innovative way to remember!
Follow Gas Safe Register and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services’ advice:
- Never use a smouldering or lit barbeque (charcoal or gas), gas stove, light or heater in a tent, caravan, room or cabin, or under an awning unless it is a permanent fixture that has been installed and maintained correctly. Even if you have finished cooking, your barbeque will still give off fumes for some hours after use.
- Remember the six main signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and don’t confuse it with food poisoning or another holiday related illness – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. If concerned, seek medical advice.
- If using a gas appliance, check that it is in good order, undamaged and, where present, that hoses are properly attached and undamaged. If in doubt contact the owner to get the hoses replaced or do not use it. If you are unable to contact the responsible person and have to change the cylinder yourself, make sure the gas taps or cylinder valve are turned off before changing the gas cylinder and only do this in the open air. Do not over-tighten joints.
- If you are staying in rented accommodation where there are gas appliances, check there is a current gas safety check record displayed. If you cannot see one, ask the owner if the gas appliances in your accommodation have been safety checked and serviced within the last 12 months. In the UK, the owner must do this by law.
- Recognise the signs of dodgy gas appliances. Black marks or stains around the appliance, yellow lazy flames instead of crisp blue flames, and too much condensation are all signs gas appliances aren’t working properly.
For more information on CO safety on holiday and to download a fact sheet visitwww.GasSafeRegister.co.uk/holiday.
How to make your fire plan
Gather everyone who stays in the home and all sit down to make your fire plan.
Draw an outline of your home making sure to mark windows and doors. Now draw the rooms, stairs and any large features that might get in your way when escaping fire like furniture or appliances. Label each room and show two ways out of each one.
Agree somewhere to meet outside so you can check everyone is out and safe. The meeting place should be far enough away from the home to be safe but close enough for you to be found by emergency services.
As well as making a drawing of your fire plan why not make a list of actions you could take in the event of fire. Maybe something like this?
Call to everyone to make sure we all know there is a fire. Dial 999 to get Fire Service on their way
Look through glass window above door to see where the fire is and if it is safe to open door
Touch door with the back of your hand to see if it is hot
If door is hot don’t go, if cold open carefully just to peek if it’s safe
Keep doors closed to stop the spread of smoke and fire. All meet in the same room if possible
If we can’t meet in the same room and have to escape separately make sure we all go to the meeting place
Crawl if we have to go through smoke where air and visibility is best. Follow a wall if it’s smoky so we don’t get lost
If we have to go out of the window drop soft stuff to land on , hang from the window and drop don’t jump
If we get stuck in a room, keep calm, block any gaps round the door with clothes/bedding etc and wait by the window for help to arrive Shout “fire” and not “help” as people take more notice
Make it relevant to you and your surroundings. Practice your plans regularly and show them to anyone sleeping over. Try them blind folded to simulate smoke, pretend the fire is in a different place each time.
*Draw a floor plan of your home making sure to include all doors and windows
*Label each room and show two ways out of each one *Agree a rendezvous point and draw it on the plan
Use your Electric Blanket Safely
As the cold weather spreads across the country through the Autumn and Winter, many people in will be dusting off their electric blankets ready for use. But be careful, don’t risk a fire. Electric blankets account for over 5000 fires a year in the home and you can prevent these by taking some simple steps.
Electric Blanket danger signs
- Fraying fabric.
- Scorch marks.
- Exposed elements.
- Creasing or folding.
- Damp patches.
- Tie tapes damaged or missing.
- Worn flex.
- Loose connections.
If your blanket or any part of the wiring shows any of these danger signs, you should have it checked or replaced:
An old BEAB safety mark – a round symbol (the new sign is white capital letters on a black background). This means it is more than 10 years old.
Buying a new electric blanket
Its cheaper to replace a worn electric blanket than it is to replace your family and your home. So if you are in any doubt about the condition of your blanket, bin it and buy a new one.
You should replace you electric blanket at least every 10 years. Don’t buy a second-hand blanket and look for the British or European standard and make sure it has a safety certification mark. Make sure the blanket has an overheat protection.
Store your blanket safely
Storing your blanket in the correct manner will ensure you get the best from it. Don’t fold electric blankets – it can damage the wiring. Better to roll them. Or you can store blankets by putting them on a spare bed. Electric underblankets can be left on your bed all year if you wish.
Use your electric blanket safely
- Always follow the instructions.
- Never use an electric underblanket as an electric overblanket, and vice versa.
- Keep all blankets flat.
- Tie electric underblankets to the bed or mattress – this stops them slipping and creasing, which could damage them.
- Only leave a blanket switched on all night if it has thermostatic controls for safe all-night use. Otherwise switch it off and disconnect it before you get into bed.
- Don’t get blankets wet, and if your blanket does get wet, don’t use it. Never switch it on to dry it.
Make sure your blanket is tested by an expert at least every three years. You can ask the shop where you bought it about testing and servicing, or contact the trading standards department at your local council – they often have free testing days.
Electrical Equipment and recalls
New research has revealed that just over a third of British purchasers currently register all of their domestic appliances (such as: fridges, tumble dryers or washing machines) with the manufacturer, leaving many thousands of owners virtually untraceable if a safety repair is required.
To combat this, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) has launched a new web portal www.registermyappliance.org.uk which is designed to make it quicker and easier for the public to register all of their appliances.
This new web portal is designed to provide up-to-date, accurate, contact information for owners who have brought specific models of domestic appliances within the last twelve years. This is so manufacturers can issue safety updates, or repair notifications to the right homes.