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South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

12 August 2013

The fire service is calling on residents to take steps to protect their loved ones this autumn.

 

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is asking people to take action to prevent fires and help keep 999 calls low, keeping fire engines available to attend life threatening incidents.

 

More than 50% of fires attended by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue start in the kitchen, so people are asked to take particular care when cooking. This includes not leaving cooking unattended, never using chip a pan and not attempting to cook after a night out.

 

Other top tips for reducing your risk of fire include:

• Not placing candles next to anything flammable, like curtains and furnishings
• Never smoking in bed
• Switching electrical items off at night

Working smoke alarms are the best way of making sure you have time to get out of the house if a fire starts.

 

They should be fitted on every level of your home and tested weekly.

 

If you do have a fire, get out of the house, stay out and call 999.

 

To sign-up for free smoke alarm test reminders, by email, text or tweet, visit pressthebutton.co.uk.

 

Or for more fire safety advice call 0114 253 2314 or visit www.syfire.gov.uk