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A fresh new look at student fire safety
written by News on the 11th October 2011 at 0:00

COMMUNITY fire safety advisors from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have been on hand during Freshers' Week offering fire safety advice to the new intake of university students. 

As students embark on their career path it is often their first experience of living away from home. Firefighters have taken this opportunity to speak to them about how to keep safe from fire.  

In Bolton over 500 students were targeted as part of the campaign and a number of presentations and fire safety videos were shown. Fire safety officers also attended the Freshers event at the Students Centre which resulted in a number of students booking a free Home Fire Risk Assessment. 

Community Safety Advisor from Bolton, Flora Hardman, said; "Some of the students I spoke to said they had been deeply touched by the videos and that it helped them understand their responsibility in helping to prevent fires in student accommodation." 

For students in Stockport, fire safety officers focused their campaign around kitchen safety, encouraging students to book a free Home Fire Risk Assessment. 

Students and lecturers from Manchester University stood in shock as Community Safety Advisor Simon Brierley and Crew Manager Robert McHugo from Stockport Borough demonstrated the consequences of misusing a chip pan - to watch a chip pan demonstration and kitchen safety advice click here.

Community Safety Advisor Angela Baker was on hand at the Royal Northern College of Music on Oxford Road offering students fire safety advice. This event was well attended and helped to generate a large number of Home Fire Risk Assessments leads. 

Crew Manager Steve Timmins said; "Making links with students at such an early stage is extremely important in helping us to raise fire safety awareness. Our aim is to highlight the dangers of fires, especially in halls of residence, whilst encouraging students to think ahead by making an escape plan."  

Students were also being encouraged to join the fire service's Community Action Team volunteers - an opportunity for them to gain additional skills whilst studying. 

Anyone aged 18 or over and interested in joining our team of volunteers, can call 0161 608 9225 for more details. 

Or to book a free Home Fire Risk Assessment call 0800 555 815 or visit

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