Category: Public Safety

Take charge of battery safety when using e-cigarettes

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has said that there have been rare incidents of E-cigarettes or “vapes” exploding and seriously injuring people.

It has been suggested that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions. The OPSS has released a list of safety tips may help you avoid a vape battery explosion or fire.

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service goes green!

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has committed to become more eco-friendly as an organisation and take measures to reduce their impact on the environment.

The Service has recently adopted new fully functioning electric vehicles as part of the ‘Go Green’ scheme. However it is now introducing further changes to help reduce unnecessary waste and implement more environmentally friendly options.

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New on-call trainee firefighters for Bedfordshire

Five new recruits have just started Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (BFRS) On-Call Firefighter trainee programme. After a selection process, including medical and fitness assessments, these new On-Call Firefighters begin their twelve week programme. This is a full and extensive course where they will learn everything they need to know to become fully trained Firefighters.

On-Call Firefighters attend incidents in their spare time.

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New home falls response service for vulnerable people in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) are working together on a new activity aimed at improving lives.

This new trial is being delivered by the BFRS Prevention Team who will be responding to vulnerable people who fall in their homes.

BFRS says that by delivering this new service means it can support EEAST during the busy winter season.

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Call for motorists to help children stay safe near schools

Campaigning schoolchildren included Wootton-based Holywell School students

Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have issued a plea for motorists to help children stay safe, following a debate on children’s road safety at a Council meeting last week.

At the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC), councillors heard from children from Wootton. They have been campaigning on the issue of road safety in their community.

The schoolchildren raised a wide range of issues, and in response Council representatives set out work that will take place to address them. This will include the appointment of a new school crossing patrol, assessing bus stops and crossings in the area and reviewing road safety information campaigns for young people.

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service responds to severe flooding

Due to significant rainfall in a short amount of time, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) were requested to support the severe flooding in South Yorkshire this morning (Friday 8 November).

Bedford station, home to the county’s boat rescue team, were called to support the incident in the early hours of the morning. Bedford Blue Watch were sent to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, where they were deployed out to the Doncaster area.

The crew have since been assisting with the welfare and support of those caught in the rapidly rising flood waters. With a critical warning issued, the crew assisted an evacuation in the Kirk Sandall area in preparedness for extreme flooding.

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‘Somewhere Safe to Stay’ in the heart of Bedford Town Centre

Bedford Borough Council has extended services for people sleeping rough with the opening of an ‘Assessment & Somewhere Safe to Stay’ Hub. The Hub will be open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe for people who are sleeping rough to stay for a short time.

Professional advice will be on offer from a variety of support services to help people find the best way back into a settled home.

Bedford has seen a reduction in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets. The most recent Annual Rough Sleeper Estimate showed that a third fewer people were sleeping rough from 76 in November 2017 to 51 in November 2018.

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Remember, remember bonfire night but make it legal and safe

If you’re planning a bonfire for the forthcoming Guy Fawkes celebrations, either at home or a larger public event, make sure what you burn is both legal and safe, says the Environment Agency.

Spare a thought too for the wildlife as hedgehogs, toads, frogs, lizards and snakes may have nestled under the bonfire.

Build the bonfire as close to the day as possible; as far away as possible from trees, bird boxes and bat boxes; and check for wildlife before lighting the fire.

It is illegal to burn most types of waste and setting fire to treated wood, tyres, plastics, rubber and oil can seriously harm health and pollute the environment.

Any material for the bonfire should be clean, non-commercial waste and only small amounts of untreated wood, paper, leaves, and cardboard should be used.

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Firework season sparks Central Bedfordshire Council checks to keep the public safe

Central Bedfordshire Council’s public protection team will be visiting over 40 retailers to ensure that the public aren’t being sold dangerous fireworks.

Officers will be inspecting retailers’ premises to ensure that the fireworks are being stored safely and securely, away from possible sources of ignition and damp.

A number of other checks will be carried out to ensure retailers are behaving responsibly and complying with the law, including checks to confirm that the retailer has the required registration or licence to legally store and sell fireworks and that the fireworks conform to relevant safety standards.

Retailers will also be reminded of the age restrictions that apply to the sale of fireworks: those under the age of 18 are not allowed to buy fireworks or handle them in a public place.

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