NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton

May 3rd, 2018 by

Saturday 28th April was NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton focussing on Fire Safety this year for World Health Day. Crews from Bodmin, Falmouth and Hayle attended their local Asda stores to communicate fire safety messages and advice to members of the public, as well as offer referral cards to people who would qualify for a free home fire safety check. Children were spoken to about the importance of the Stop, Drop and Roll message.

 Over the course of the day over 550 people were spoken to across the three stores, and feedback from Asda Community Champions was very positive:

‘It was a great success with the customers as well so thank you very much for organising all of that.  Come back soon!’

 

‘The Fire Safety Day was brilliant and well received’

‘The customers enjoyed this event and many came up to the fire crew to ask questions.’

 

 

 

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Fire and road safety annual evidence report now available

April 10th, 2018 by

Our new Risk Based Evidence Profile 2018 is now available. It highlights our two highest risk priorities for prevention activities which are: accidental dwelling fires and road traffic collisions.

The document includes the latest research and analysis about fires and road safety, such as, new evidence from the Home Office shows that while the number of fires has fallen nationally the number of people aged 65 and over killed in a fire has risen by 22% between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

To read the full report or find out more fire and road safety facts about Cornwall please visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/rbep  A key messages paper is also available on the website which summarises these findings.

Did you know?

Facts about road safety

  • On average there are 24 collisions on roads in Cornwall each week involving an injury.
  • Evidence shows that most of the factors contributing to collisions in Cornwall are related to driver error.
  • The five high risk driving behaviours in Cornwall are:
  1. Failing to look properly
  2. Failed to judge other person’s speed or path
  3. Speeding
  4. Careless/ reckless/in a hurry
  5. Loss of control
  • Motorcycles make up less than 1% of traffic, but are involved in more than 15% of injury collisions.
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Don’t Drink and Drown

April 2nd, 2018 by

Falmouth Blue Watch, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service in collaboration Devon & Cornwall Police and partners launched the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign on 6th December 2017 in Falmouth at the Custom House Quay.  Don’t Drink and Drown is a national campaign that warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.  The campaign was launched following a string of tragic student drownings and supported by Falmouth safety campaigner Paige Winsper whose brother Josh drowned after her fell into a harbour following a night out.

The campaign was supported by Cornwall Fire, Rescue & Community Safety Service, Devon & Cornwall Police, RLSS, Falmouth RNLI, the Marine Coastguard, Cornwall Search and Rescue and the Falmouth Harbour Commissioner to raise awareness of the dangers of being under the influence of alcohol when near water and to train staff to recognise the signs, encourage safer behaviour around the quay side and what to do in an emergency if someone enters the water.

Falmouth is a thriving student town which hosts waterfront and quayside pubs including the Chain Locker, Quayside, Stable, Warehouse, The Front, retail establishment Trago Mills and the Harbour Commissioner.  In total 18 staff from local businesses and 16 from partner agencies were trained by an RNLI Line Rescue Instructor in the safe use of throw lines should they be required in an emergency in a bid to reduce the number of alcohol related drowning deaths.

We worked with the establishments to raise awareness:

• All bar staff from each venue wore lanyards and had wristbands and T-Shirts to reiterate the ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ message talking to drinkers to remind them of the risks of going near water after consuming alcohol.

• Don’t Drink and Drown posters were displayed on that back of all bathroom doors in the bars located at the waterfront and quayside displaying.

• Drinkers were encouraged to take Don’t Drink and Drown merchandised selfies to share the messages on social media.

• The management from every venue and resolve security signed the pledge to support the campaign.

• We encouraged the University to display posters on campus, played the Don’t Drink and Drown film and shared information on social media throughout the campaign.

·         Using a social media platform to promote the campaign provided the opportunity to communicate our safety messages to our audience in an innovative approach.

• Information handouts in Falmouth

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Penzance Green Watch distribute homeless welfare packs to rough sleepers in Penzance

March 31st, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have engaged with a local homeless charity, Breadline, for the second year running with the aim of increasing the welfare and safety of rough sleepers in Penzance. The Breadline Centre is managed by St Petroc’s Society, undertaking valuable work with homeless and unemployed people, providing practical advice and support.

Due to the success of the initiative when it was run previously, where 30 welfare packs were circulated, funding has been secured for a further 20 welfare packs which were distributed in partnership with Breadline during February 2018.

Whilst progress has been made to reduce the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall we still need to do more and support people in often challenging circumstances. Initiatives such as this provide a wonderful opportunity to engage with our homeless communities, to understand their needs and to support them into appropriate housing where required. In a bid to help those in their local town, the partnership distributed welfare packs, consisting of a sleeping bag, roll mat, a rechargeable lantern and a hygiene pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and wet wipes, distributed to the rough sleepers in Penzance.

Information regarding the dangers of carbon monoxide and fire safety advice was also distributed; rechargeable lanterns were given out in a bid to discourage the use of tea lights as a source of lighting in tents, which poses a major fire risk. Rough sleepers have been encouraged to visit Breadline to recharge their lanterns for free, providing an opportunity for regular contact with the Charity.

Dave Brown Manager of Resettlement Services, Saint Petroc’s Society says:

Watch Manager Matt Worthington says: ‘Through our engagement and partnership work with Breadline, we thought we would use this opportunity to provide vulnerable people with information and advice, as well as the welfare packs, to increase their safety and wellbeing.’

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Businesses urged to take precautions to prevent false alarms and arson during UK Business Safety Week 2017

October 3rd, 2017 by

Cornwall businesses are being urged to take precautions to prevent arson and false alarms as part of UK Business Safety Week (11-17 September).

The week, which aims to reduce fire incidents in the workplace, provides an opportunity for local businesses to think about fire safety and focus on prevention in areas which are often overlooked.

Nationally, there are nearly 3,000 arson attacks on businesses each year, prompting the reminder for businesses to take measures to reduce the threat of arson, which is still a major factor in commercial fires.

Terry Nottle, Station Manager for Business Support, said: “An arson attack can be devastating, but it would probably surprise people to know that most arson attacks aren’t planned, they are opportunistic. Simple steps to reduce the build-up of combustibles and waste near buildings can reduce the likelihood of an arson attack. If you haven’t done a recent workplace fire risk assessment, now is the time.”

False alarms are another area businesses are being asked to think about. Across the UK there are nearly 250,000 false alarms a year and according to the Fire Industry Association, this costs business and fire and rescue services £1 billion.

“Every false alarm causes disruption and repeated false alarms are a sign you need to review your procedures, or could be a sign of unmaintained equipment,” said Terry. “This can affect the confidence your customers and staff have in you, as well as impact on productivity and  the general routine of your organisation, not to mention putting lives at risk.

“Ensuring an alarm system is appropriate for your premises can quickly reduce false activations. Our message this week is simple – have you done everything you can to protect your business?”

Arson prevention advice for shops and stores

  • Limit as far as possible the number of entrances in use (but do not block fire exits!)
  • Keep a watch on what is going on. Larger establishments might have a security guard on duty at main entrances, while in smaller businesses you and your staff should practice vigilance.
  • As part of staff training, remind all employees of arson threats and ask them to report any suspicious behaviour.
  • Ensure that doors and windows are in good repair and that locks are working.
  • Gaps under doors to the street should be as narrow as possible – this will prevent items such as lighted paper being pushed under them.
  • If there is a letterbox, it should have a metal container fitted on the inside (to contain any fires from lighted rags or paper).
  • Keep a list of people holding keys to the premises, and chase any that are missing.
  • Identify possible entry routes for intruders (ie. via yards, up drainpipes or even flat roofs) and consider what could be done to prevent access.
  • Special danger areas are storages and warehousing, which should only be accessible to authorised members of staff.
  • Is there a system for leaving lights on at night?
  • For further information on reducing arson risks, please visit our arson prevention webpages

Reducing false alarms

  • The Fire and Rescue Service will work with you to reduce false alarms at your premises and in some cases we may take enforcement action
  • False alarms can be caused by cooking, welding, steam, dust and aerosols, as well as poor maintenance and cleaning or poor design and installation

For further information on how to reduce false alarms please visit our false alarms webpage.

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