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Help us to prevent deliberate fires this Easter

Help us to prevent deliberate fires this Easter

 
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Changing response to non-statutory services

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Changing response to Automatic Fire Alarms

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Performance 2013-14

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Farmers- Call before you burn!

If you're planning a controlled burn, please notify us by controlling our control room on 01931522006. Please click below for advice on safe controlled burning.

 
               

Visit the Rhyl community fire station page

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Visit the Rhyl community fire station page

The community fire station is a fully operational fire station, and also offers a range of community facilities including meeting rooms, which can be hired out by local groups or businesses.

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Welcome from the Chief Fire Officer

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Our aim is to protect communities before emergencies occur and to provide a professional, efficient and effective fire and rescue service for all who live, work and travel throughout North Wales.

Put it out, Right Out!

This month smokers across North Wales will be stubbing out their cigarettes for good in support of National No Smoking Day on March 11th.

 

The fire and rescue service supported the campaign on Wednesday the 11th of March in partnership with the Caia Park Health Team, at the Dr Rao Surgery in Caia Park, and at Coleg Cambria - Deeside.

 

This enabled staff to talk to residents and students to highlight the dangers of smoking, and to promote the free home fire safety checks we offer.

 

I for one welcome the rise in the number of people giving up cigarettes as smokers are at far greater risk of having a fire in their home. Very often, house fires caused by smoking materials also involve other contributory factors, such as drinking alcohol - but cigarettes are a fire risk in themselves, and when combined with carelessness or drowsiness, they can be a tragedy just waiting to happen.

 

What a lot of people aren't aware of is that it isn't the fire that kills but the nhalation of carbon monoxide. This is why it is important to fit not only a smoke alarm but also a carbon monoxide detector.

 

As well as costing lives, there is also the financial cost of the damage caused by fires - the average damage caused by a house fire is valued at £25,500.

 

Some people will be taking a big step this month and will be throwing away their cigarettes and replacing them with an electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette. This latest gadget is an electronic inhaler that vaporises a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, stimulating the act of tobacco smoking, and for some has assisted them in giving up the habit.

 

But all e-cigarettes use a rechargeable battery to power the vaporiser, these batteries require to be recharged on a regular basis, and a number of incidents have been reported nationally whereby the battery has either overheated or exploded during the charging process.

 

Therefore although I encourage you to stub out your cigarettes this month, I do also urge you to take extra care if you decide to swap the matches for a charger, to always follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidance, and to only use the battery and charger that was provided with the e-cigarette. 

 

However, if you do not yet feel ready to give up cigarettes, smokers can follow some simple precautions to help prevent a fire in the home. These include taking extra care when you're tired, taking any sort of drugs or have been drinking alcohol, and never smoke in bed - if you need to lie down, don't light up. You could doze off and set your bed on fire.

 

Remember never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended and always buy child-resistant lighters and matchboxes. Keep these where children can't reach them. Also, use a proper, heavy ashtray that can't tip over easily and is made of a material that won't burn. Make sure your cigarette is not still burning when you are finished - put it out, right out.

 

Finally, tap your ash into an ashtray, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish - and don't let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray.

 

 
 

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