Sleepers in danger as blankets deemed unsafe

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As well as rescuing a child locked in a car and putting out a farm fire, Uckfield firecrews supervised a free electric blanket test last Monday, telling 16 horrified owners their blankets were dangerous.

They will be offered new blankets at a discounted rate.

Early in the month firefighters joined Barcombe, Lewes and Burgess Hill crews to deal with a blazing farm accommodation block at Wivelsfield Green. The same day they were called to a fire at Hadlow Down but found a bonfire under control. They then joined West Sussex crews when smoke from a Horsted Keynes farmhouse triggered a fire alarm.

On October 8 they covered for Haywards Heath and the next day they used a coat hanger to release a young girl locked in a car at Luxfords Field. The next day they wore breathing apparatus to go to the Horder Centre, Crowborough where staff had evacuated patients after a blood refrigeration unit caught fire. Later they joined crews from East Grinstead after housesitters in Forest Row burnt their supper and didn’t know the alarm system was linked to a call centre.

On October 12 crews joined other Sussex colleagues to deal with a serious fire at a school in Eastbourne and at 2am the town’s bulk water carrier joined the ten attending crews. They have also attended fire alarm calls in Uckfield, Halland and Forest Row. They explain that home safety visits are always available locally and include fitting free smoke alarms. For this free advice ring: 0800 177 7069.

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