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North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is targeting Travellers in their latest fire safety campaign

GYPSIES and Travellers across Flintshire and North Wales are being targeted in the latest fire safety campaign by North Wales Fire and Rescue.

Organisers of Gypsy and Travellers Awareness Month, from June 1 - 30 , are appealing to those living in caravans or trailers to follow basic fire safety precautions to keep them as safe as possible in their homes.

Richard Fairhead, senior fire safety manager, said: "The Gypsy and Travellers Awareness Month raises awareness and explores the history, culture and language of these communities.

"It challenges myths, tackles prejudice and offers a balanced debate about the issues involved.

"We at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are committed to safeguarding the lives of all those who live, travel and work in North Wales. As well as conducting our potentially life saving free home fire safety checks in properties across the region, we also visit traveller and gypsy sites across North Wales to conduct the checks and fit smoke alarms totally free of charge.

"Some tips we give to keep safe from fire, include,

fitting a smoke detector in your caravan – ideally one with a hush button and check it once a week.

"Find out about firefighting arrangements on the site. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

"Take care when cooking - don't leave fat pans unattended. "Keep a torch handy for emergencies - don't use a lit candle. "If you smoke, use suitable metal ashtrays - never smoke in bed. Before going to bed or leaving the caravan, turn off all appliances.

"Keep the caravan ventilated and don't block up air vents - it could be fatal. Get a registered Corgi gas fitter to fit and regularly service any gas appliances.

"Buy a Carbon Monoxide indicator from the DIY store. "Check all gas fittings. Use arrester values on gas bottles and make sure your home is adequately ventilated."

To register for a free home fire safety check call the 24 hour hotline on 0800 1691234 or register online at www.nwales- fireservice.org.uk.

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