18 June 2010
Jersey Fire and Rescue are urging football fans to have a memorable World Cup for all the right reasons.
With over 50% of accidental fires in the home starting in the kitchen and the majority of those fires caused by cooking being left unattended, the Fire and Rescue Service is concerned that the risk will increase during the World Cup.
Community Fire Safety Manager Marc Le Cornu said “All too often we have incidents where someone has come back home after a few drinks, they start to prepare food, and promptly fall asleep.
"Often their smoke alarm doesn’t wake them and neighbours can’t rouse them. If they are lucky, a firefighter will drag them clear and save their life. But if they don't have a smoke alarm and good neighbours to call 999, then breathing in too much smoke might mean they will never wake up."
Marc continued “The Fire Service wants everyone to have a memorable World Cup for all the right reasons. We just need people to follow some simple advice":
- don’t drink and cook - support your local take-aways, get someone else to cook or have a cold snack
- take care with the barbecue - don’t drink, only use the correct lighting fluid or firelighters, and don’t be tempted to use petrol or paraffin
- check the connections and hoses of gas barbecues for leaks
- put out enough ashtrays and empty them before they get full (use water to make sure they are cool)
- don’t drink and drive - get a lift, get a taxi or walk