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Home Fire Prevention Advice For Yorkshire Coast Residents

Home Fire Prevention Advice For Yorkshire Coast Residents

Published by Karen Liu at 6:55am 1st April 2020.

Residents on the Yorkshire Coast are being warned to take extra care to avoid domestic fires during the Coronavirus outbreak.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service says more people at home does increase the risk.

It has issued advice on how to reduce the chances of a fire in your home as people are home working, self-isolating or social distancing.

Dave Winspear, Head of Prevention and Protection at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said:

"If you've got a lot of extra equipment that you're plugging into, you might be overloading sockets unduly and you have might a lot of devices on charge.

We advocate that people are very sensible about keeping devices down to a minimum.

If you're not charging, or the device has finished its charging cycle, then just unplug it and leave that to use as normal."

Dave says care in the kitchen is very important:

"It's the main room where fires do start and of course right now, people might be getting easily distracted with a lot more people around them, getting pulled away to do other tasks when they're cooking.

So make sure that they focus on cooking, they turn things off when they leave the room, they don't put things on top of the cooker when it's turned off, keep it clean and if you need to deep fry food, use a fat fryer."

Dave has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

Here is more advice from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service:

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are essential items! They can help give you and your family a few minutes warning if a fire breaks out in your home. You should fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.

Electrical Items

If you’re working from home take care with laptops and chargers. Don’t overload sockets, make sure you use laptops on hard surfaces so they don’t overheat and unplug mobile and tablet chargers when you’ve finished using them.


With everyone being at home there may be more distractions when you’re trying to cook. Don’t leave pans or grills unattended and keep an eye on children if they are helping out in the kitchen.

Garden Bonfires

You might be tempted to burn some garden rubbish especially with local household recycling centres being shut. Please think carefully before you do, with more people being at home your smoke could cause an issue for neighbours, make sure you don’t have fires close to trees, hedges, fences or sheds and don’t have them on windy days when the fire could spread more easily.




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