National Volunteers Week – 1st – 7th June 2020
Wiltshire & Swindon LRF wants to say a huge thank you to all volunteers who work across our area to support agencies, help the vulnerable and keep people safe. Their work has never been more important than during the current COVID-19 emergency.
*** PPE - call for action ***
Wiltshire & Swindon LRF is working with fellow responders across the South West and are grateful to businesses and others for their support in providing essential PPE supplies. PPE continues to present a huge challenge, and a national request is being made of organisations or others able to help with making PPE such as visors and gowns for our frontline workers. If you think you may be able to assist please use the following link to check the required specifications and register your offer here.
Smoke alarm reminder for Boat Fire Safety Week
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is using Boat Fire Safety Week (25-31 May) to remind people who live or work on the water about the importance of working smoke alarms.
Although boat fires on inland waters are less common than fires on land, when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences – in recent years, there have been a number of fire deaths involving people on boats moored along the Kennet & Avon Canal.
In addition, national figures show that more than 60 boaters have been killed in the last 20 years as a result of a boat fire or carbon monoxide incident. CO poisoning is most likely to be caused by the exhaust emissions of portable generators, or problems with solid fuel stoves, including flue pipes.
Ian Hopkins, Prevention Delivery Manager for DWFRS, said: “We know that boats carry a very high fire risk, and it is vital that boaters do all they can to protect themselves. Firefighters and Safe & Well Advisors do travel along the towpaths when they can to raise awareness, but Boat Fire Safety Week is an opportunity for us to highlight the help available and hopefully reach as many people as possible.”
Boat visits have been limited by the current restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, but boat safety packs are available at marinas along the canal and advice can also be given over the phone.
The Service is asking anyone who lives or works on a boat to:
Fit smoke detectors, testing them regularly, and also install carbon monoxide alarms; Take care when refuelling with petrol or changing gas cylinders; Avoid using portable gas equipment on-board, where possible, and store all gas canisters in special gas lockers or open places where any leaks will flow overboard; Routinely check items such as battery terminals and fuse box connections for damaged strands or signs of overheating;
- Take care when doing repairs, and keep interiors well ventilated when using adhesives, paints and spirit-based products;
- Always keep an eye on solid fuel stoves when lit and don’t leave unattended; and
- Make sure you always know your exact location and nearest access point so that, in the event of any emergency, firefighters can get there as quickly as possible.
To request boat safety advice, call the Service on 0800 038 2323 or visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safe-and-well-visits
For further information about general boat fire and CO safety, visit www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe