Category: Public Safety

Burns Awareness Day 2018

Burns Awareness Day (17 October) is a national day to highlight the importance of keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from harm.

In 2017, 7,502 children were seriously burned or scalded and most of these injuries were avoidable.

Firefighters from Dunstable Red Watch will be at Houghton Regis Leisure Centre between 3pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday 17 October to talk to members of the public about how they can prevent burn and scald injuries.

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Top 3 most annoying things about the school run? Cars, cars and more cars

International Walk to School Month

The Living Streets charity is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run. This follows research (YouGov 2018) released for International Walk to School Month.

It reveals that too many cars are the things parents find most annoying on the school run, specifically too many cars around school gates (54%).

Cars parking on the pavements (50%) and too much traffic on the journey (45%) round off the top three.

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The Ryder Cup 2018 France travel advice

The Ryder Cup 2018 France – Travel Advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches will be held in France from 28 to 30 September 2018 on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris. The FCO has issued advice for those travelling from the UK to France to watch the tournament.

Travellers can from the FCO on Twitter at @BritishinFrance.

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Have your gas appliances been checked recently?

Have Your Gas Appliances Been Checked Recently?

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Gas Safety Week (17-23 September) to encourage all gas consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer to protect themselves against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

It is crucial that people have their appliances checked each year to be assured they are working safely and efficiently. People should also Trust the Triangle and check that their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.

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Highways England says ‘Don’t be a Space Invader’

Tailgating causes one in eight of all road casualties
Highways England’s new safety campaign uses the well-known Space Invader video game character to alert drivers to the anti-social nature and risks of tailgating.

The ‘Don’t be a Space Invader – stay safe, stay back’ campaign is supported by one of the world’s best

Former Formula 1 world champion and President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists RoadSmart, Nigel Mansell, said:

“Tailgating is a driving habit I utterly deplore. Not only is it aggressive and intimidating, but it can lead to a crash with a tragic outcome.

“There is absolutely no upside to it – you will not get to your destination faster, you are not a skilled driver for doing it, and you are putting so many innocent people at risk. So I very much back this campaign to highlight the dangers of tailgating.”

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FREE fire safety advice for Bedfordshire’s small businesses

Business Safety Week (10 – 16 September)
As part of Business Safety Week, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering free fire safety advice to small businesses. The advice will be given at an event on Thursday 13 September between 10am and 3pm at The Kokni Community Centre, 1-3 Bury Park Road, LU1 1HB. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

Fire Safety Officers will be providing information and advice to help reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace. Both of which impact business safety and productivity.

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Fire, police and Bedford businesses work to prevent drownings in River Ouse

After a series of incidents on Bedford’s river, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Bedfordshire Police have provided throwlines to nine businesses alongside The Embankment and the new development on River Street.

These are – The Embankment pub, Swan Hotel, The Longholme Café, Park Inn Hotel, Albero Lounge, Wagamamas, Zizzi, Premier Inn Hotel and Toast.

Most of the businesses work as night time economy, or in the case with the hotels, operating 24/7. So this initiative offers more chance in identifying someone who might be in trouble in the water.

The throwlines will be kept on the business premises. On identifying someone in trouble a member of staff will call 999 to alert Fire Service. Another member of staff can take the throw line down to the riverside to attempt a bank side rescue.

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