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Publication date:- 2017-02-24

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Give a toss about fire safety this Pancake Day

TRADITIONALLY Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent, when many people throughout the country make pancakes before they begin a 40 day fast. But amidst all the fun of cooking up sweet treats take a moment to remember fire safety this Pancake Day.  Accidental fires caused by cooking with oil or frying can be devastating, with a very high proportion of such fires resulting in injuries.

Gary Oakford, Group Manager at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said:- "Making pancakes can be lots of fun for the whole family and they certainly can be delicious. However, over ½ of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so please take care, especially when cooking with hot oil. Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on and don't move a pan if it is on fire. When you have finished cooking, make sure that all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear. If a pan does catch light, turn the heat off if it is safe to do so. Never throw water on it or take any risks. Don't tackle the fire yourself, but rather get out, stay out and call:- 999."

A working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping unharmed. Have an escape plan and follow it; know exactly which way you will leave your home and know where you will go.

Don't forget...

► Stay safe, and make sure your smoke alarms work properly.

► Test your smoke alarms every month.

► Change the battery every year (unless it's a 10 year alarm).

► Clean it out properly at least twice every year, by vacuuming the inside.

For further advice on fire safety visit Facebook Page or contact Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on:- 0800 731 5958.

Special Constable dismissed from Merseyside Police

MERSEYSIDE Police confirmed that Special Constable Myles Doyle has been dismissed from the Force following a public misconduct hearing that took place on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.

Doyle, 19, was disqualified from driving for 6 months, fined and given 6 points on his licence after pleading guilty to driving licence and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle offences that relate to incidents that took place in June 2016. We are told that they lead to him appearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court, on 3 January 2017.

Doyle, 19, from Kensington was dismissed with notice following the hearing, held today in Liverpool, after it was found his behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:- "All Police Officers and Police Staff who are convicted of a criminal offence can expect to appear before a misconduct hearing. Doyle's behaviour fell below the standards expected by Merseyside Police. As a Special Constable he is subject to the same regulations as any police constable and it is clear that he is not fit to serve. Merseyside Police demands the highest standards of professionalism and integrity from all its police officers and staff. It is what the public expects and deserves if they are to have trust and confidence in us. When the behaviour and conduct of individuals within our force fall below those standards they can expect to be held to account."

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