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Our Service has been highlighting No Smoking Day to members of the public and urging people to prevent fires caused by smoking materials.
As part of national No Smoking Day, which is a campaign led by the British Heart Foundation, MF&RS has been encouraging people to give up the habit for at least one day.
People have been encouraged to make a pledge to quit for the day, or to join others across the country in giving up smoking for good by visiting www.nosmokingday.org.uk
Smoking is the biggest killer
in accidental fires in the
home in the UK and people should be aware of the risks when they light up a cigarette.
There were 58 accidental fires in the home caused by smoking materials in Merseyside in 2014, compared to 90 the year before. Although the number of incidents in Merseyside dropped last year, people are still being urged to take care when smoking.
In Liverpool there were 20 accidental fires in the home caused by smoking materials in 2014, compared to 36
incidents the year before. Wirral had 13 incidents in 2014, compared to 25 in 2013. St Helens had six incidents in 2014 compared to nine in 2013. Sefton had 12 incidents in 2014 compared to 11 in 2013. Knowsley had seven incidents in 2014 compared to nine in 2013.
People have been advised that they should never smoke in bed and should be careful not to fall asleep while smoking. Residents have also been advised to avoid smoking if they are tired. It is also advised that people do not smoke if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Give it Up
Smoking materials should never be left burning unattended and should be stubbed
right out in a proper ashtray that will not topple over.
As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, MF&RS has urged the public to take the time to test smoke alarms on the first day of March and to ensure they have one fitted on each level of their property.
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Bus Crash
Fire crews were called out after a single decker bus was in collision with railings in Belle Vale.
Our Service attended the incident on Childwall Valley Road, near Hedgefield Road, just after 11.50am on February 23.
Firefighters removed a section of railings that was wedged underneath the vehicle.
Two men who were on board, were assessed at the scene by paramedics and were conveyed to the Royal Hospital by ambulance for further assessments.
Two fire appliances from Belle Vale and Allerton community fire stations were called out. Firefighters were at the scene for just over 15 minutes.
Hot Wheels
Firefighters extinguished a fire involving a car on a motorway.
Our Service was called on a Sunday afternoon to the M62 Westbound, between junction 7 and junction 8.
Firefighters from Newton-le-Willows Community Fire Station extinguished a fire involving a vehicle at the scene following a collision.
It is thought the collision involved a car and an HGV.
Watch Manager George Jennings, who attended the call-out with firefighters from Newton-le-Willows Community Fire Station, said: “The fire initially involved the engine compartment of the car but had spread. The car was in the middle lane of the carriageway and was well alight. Firefighters worked quickly to rapidly extinguish the fire.”
A fire appliance from Newton-le-Willows Community Fire Station and one from Eccleston Community Fire Station attended the call-out. The Search and Rescue Team also responded to the call-out. The call-out was on February 8.
Our firefighters were assisting Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on the call-out.


































































































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