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Safety Message from Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service

Safety Message from Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service

GFRS urge residents to check appliances following warning

After tragic events at Grenfell Tower in West London, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is urging local people to take a few minutes to check their fridge freezers to improve their home safety.

A statement by Metropolitan Police Service identified a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer as the initial source of the Grenfell Tower fire that started in the early hours of Wednesday 14th June. More »

The government have since stated that anyone that owns model of Hotpoint fridge freezer FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey), produced between 2006 and 2009, should call Whirlpool Corporation's freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit www.hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer to register their details for further updates.

GFRS is encouraging residents to follow this guidance as soon as possible, to help keep themselves, their family and property safe from harm. They also suggest using the www.registermyappliance.org.uk website to check your other white goods.

This website offers a sensible and simple precaution, and ensures that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.

It was designed by The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMEDA) to make it quicker and easier for the public to register both new and older appliances. Even if someone buys a second hand appliance, they are still able to register their appliance with the company to receive safety messages.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "What happened at Grenfell Tower was truly tragic and our thoughts go out to all of those affected.

"Since then we have been reassuring residents in the county by carrying out building inspections around Gloucestershire. We will continue to work with residents and businesses in Gloucestershire to ensure our communities are as safe as they can possibly be and this includes checking your white goods.

"By following this advice and checking your white goods on the Government website, you can help to keep yourself and your loved ones safe." » Less

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:18 by John Kay

"Whats On" Community Event Diary

"Whats On" Community Event Diary

Please send details of your upcoming summer events to be advertised on the "What's On" community event diary located on the Town Council website.

To see what is programmed for the next few months in the Dursley area, including the return of the Dursley Carnival on Saturday 15th July visit the What's On Diary.

Details of the event including a poster (jpg or png)should be sent to clerk@dursleytowncouncil.gov.uk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:19 by John Kay

Hot Weather: Health Information

Hot Weather: Health Information

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks. The main risks posed by a hot weather are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
  • Seek help from a GP or contact NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell.

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:55 by John Kay