Welcome from the Chief

So many good reasons to test your smoke alarm

We have recently teamed up with visual effects students from Wrexham Glyndŵr University and North Wales based singer songwriter Daniel Lloyd to commission and produce an original short animation to further highlight the importance of regularly testing smoke alarms.

 

The ‘Reasons to Test’ video features a crew of quirky characters going about their daily routines, accompanied by an original catchy soundtrack – it’s featured on our website and social media sites with accompanying radio adverts.

 

The video promotes the many good reasons to test your smoke alarm regularly – many people think they will never be involved in a fire but we are all too aware that fire can strike any time, anywhere and testing your smoke alarm to make sure it works really could save your life.

 

Click here to view and help us to spread this important message – like, share and retweet the video on our Facebook page and Twitter feed #ReasonsToTest.

 

Put safety first in the sunshine

This month I am highlighting the dangers associated with some common summertime fires, as many residents may be contemplating getting out their barbecues and dusting off their patio furniture.

 

Fires can destroy acres of countryside

During warmer weather, the grass and vegetation is generally dry, which means if you accidentally start a fire outdoors it can spread very quickly, destroying everything in its path.

Add a light summer breeze to the equation and the fire will spread even more rapidly.

 

Tying up resources

We attended over 20 incidents involving grass and gorse fires in just one weekend in late March, including a large gorse fire in Llantysilio near Llangollen.  Many of these fires caused multiple calls to the control room from concerned members of the public. Each small fire has the potential to tie up resources and prevent us from attending other life threatening incidents.


A flicked cigarette from a car window, a barbecue that sets fire to a hedge, or a bonfire left unattended could start a blaze that destroys acres of countryside, crops and wildlife.

 

Endangering lives
If the fire starts closer to home, it could destroy your garden, spread to your house and endanger the lives of those inside.

 

Barbecues

Barbecues can be enjoyable but you need to keep safety in mind when cooking outdoors – keep barbecues well away from pets and children and make sure that you dispose of the ashes safely.

 

Don’t drink and cook

Many will also be enjoying a few drinks out and about as well as at home in the garden during the lighter evenings  – and I would urge that you avoid cooking after drinking, especially should you feel peckish after returning home after a night out. The best way to kill off the hunger pangs but stay safe yourself is to get a takeaway or prepare a sandwich before you go out.

 

 

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