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Students

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On this page you will find Fire Safety information specifically for students, whether you are a Fresher living in Halls, a returning student living in privately rented accommodation or an International student who is new to the UK.


Nicholas
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Nicholas

Nicholas had invited some of his mates round to celebrate the end of their exams. Before hitting the town, they all had a few drinks in his room where a number of people were smoking. Later that evening, Nicholas returned home from his big night out and went straight to bed.  A few hours later, Nicholas was woken up by a security guard dragging him out of bed, a move that would save his life as Nicholas’ room (including the bed he was sleeping in) was on fire. Watch the video below to find out the full story.

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Christian

Christian decided to cook himself some lunch one day. He had a migraine so after putting a pan on the hob he went for a lie down while it came to the boil. Unfortunately he fell asleep, leaving the pan unattended. Christian was woken up by the sound of the fire alarm but believing it was just a test, he chose to ignore it. After a while, when the alarm didn’t stop he decided to investigate. Opening the door, he saw the kitchen engulfed in flames. Watch the video below to find out the full story.

For advice about how to avoid this happening to you, watch our Student Safety Video.

Congratulations on arriving at University! The North East is a great place to study with lots going on including a fantastic nightlife! We hope that during your time here you have a great time, make lots of new friends and are successful in your studies.

For most of you, this will be your first time away from home. Although very exciting, this does come with a lot of extra responsibility and challenges. As a Fire Service, we want you to have a fantastic time here, but we also want you to be safe.

Every year we attend serious fires involving student accommodation which could have been avoided. For some examples of these, read our recent case studies.

To keep safe and stop this happening to you, watch the video below:

As a returning student, you may no longer be living in University accommodation but rather renting privately from a landlord and sharing with other students in a house or flat.

This means that there is more responsibility on you to protect yourself, your flatmates and your home and belongings from an accidental fire.

HSC

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service offer free home safety checks to all students living in privately rented accommodation. To arrange a home safety check simply click here or call 0800 0327777. The check will only take around 20 minutes and will offer advice on the best ways to protect yourself and your home. As part of the check we will also fit smoke alarms free of charge where required.

For more advice on home fire safety visit our Home Safety webpage

It is your responsibility to ensure that your wheelie bin is put out for collection on the correct day and brought in again once it has been emptied. Wheelie bins left out are regularly set on fire deliberately causing risk to your home and those around you. The bins have also been used by burglars to gain access to properties and then used to transport stolen goods away.

Bin Collection Days

For advice on bin collection days, how to get a new or larger bin and how to dispose of large or bulky items, contact your local council:

For Newcastle: (0191) 2787878 or envirocall@newcastle.gov.uk

For Sunderland: Visit the Sunderland Council website, call (0191) 520 5550 or email enquiries@sunderland.gov.uk

For Gateshead: Visit the Gateshead Council website

When you move in or out of your new home, you will invariably have a large number of items to dispose of whether it’s packing boxes or furniture you no longer need.

These items must be disposed of responsibly to avoid potential fire risks or even substantial fines for fly tipping (these can be up to £50,000!) or a fixed penalty notice and a fine from £50 upwards for littering.

Your local council will remove items for a small charge or alternatively, you can take these items to a Household Waste Recycling Centre, a local charity shop or list them on any freecycling or giveaway websites such as Gumtree or Freecycle.

Welcome to the UK! You’ve chosen a great place to study abroad and we hope you enjoy your time here, learn a lot and make lots of new friends.

As a Fire Service, it’s really important to us that you stay safe while living in our region and we’re always on hand to offer advice on how to prevent fires and keep safe.

Every year we attend serious fires involving student accommodation which could have been avoided. For some examples of these, read our recent case studies.

To keep safe and stop this happening to you, watch the video below:

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