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Cool, call and cover, #beburnsaware

Published
17.10.2016

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on people to be careful when using candles and how to deal with a burn as part of two national awareness events.

Candle Fire Safety Week and Burns Awareness Day both take place this week, aiming to remind people of the need to be safe around fire.

Fire and heat can be a real danger in day-to-day life. In 2015, over 7,000 children were admitted to hospital nationally with burn injuries. Although candles can be nice decorations or handy in a power cut, they are also an exposed flame and should be treated with care.

As part of Candle Safety Week, GFRS is reminding anyone who does use candles to keep them in a stable, heat-resistant holder in a well-ventilated room away from pets, children and hanging materials that maybe flammable, such as curtains. Since 2013, there have been 26 reported incidents in Gloucestershire caused due to candle fires.

National Burns Awareness Day takes place on 19th October, and GFRS wants to remind people what to do in the unfortunate event that they or someone they know is burnt. The affected area needs to be cooled, call either 111 or 999 depending on the severity of the burn, and then cover the area in cling film.

These awareness events are also an important reminder about the importance of fire and smoke alarms. Setting up fire and smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and booking safe and well visits can be the difference between life and death. Safe and well visits are carried out by firefighters who fit smoke alarms for free as well as giving advice on personal safety.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: 'Burns and scalds present a real risk to people, young or old. Remember the three simple steps; cool, call, cover.

"As we enter the festive season, it can be tempting to light candles as decorative features, but it is important to protect yourself, your loved ones and home by making sure they aren't left unattended or near something flammable."

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