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25th OCTOBER 1962

The fifth of November should be doubly memorable this year.

In the first place, of course there will be the usual rockets, squibs, “bangers” and bonfires to mark Guy Fawkes' infamous plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

And in the second place, November 5 this year will see the start of fire prevention week, a campaign organised on a national scale with a view to minimising the colossal number of fire outbreaks occurring annually in homes up and down the country.

Some of these fire involve loss of life or sever injury and far too many are classified by our fire fighters are “preventable.” In other words, if reasonable precautions had been taken they would not have occurred.

Mr. D. Gerald Jones, chief officer of the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Joint Fire Brigade, says that emphasis during fire prevention week will be on accidents in the home.

“The primary object, during the week, will be to bring to the notice of the general public the dangers of fire and how these can be avoided by pointing out the principal causes of out-breaks in the home,” he adds.

An exhibition depicting pictorially the seven major causes of fire will be opened at Ammanford fire station on November 5 by Mr. Myrddin Evans, chairman of Ammanford Urban Council.

The following day, local firemen will give a display featuring various “rescues” from the drill tower at the rear of the station.

During fire prevention week, members of Ammanford Fire Brigade will call at various houses in the area offering to inspect the home of any house holder who is willing to receive advice on the prevention of fire.

Mr. O. B. Coggins, station officer who leads Ammanford Fire Brigade – last year's most efficient fire fighting unit in the two counties and perhaps this year's as well – told me that his six full-time firemen and 13 part-timers expect to visit between 200 to 300 homes

Attention is drawn to defects, but the householder is under no obligation to act on the advice given.


These are the seven major causes of fire in the home.

1 – Electricity (careless use of electrical appliances: overloading of electrical circuits; the continued use of badly worn flex, etc.)

2 – Domestic fire in grates (not fitted with guards; clothes airing, or furniture left in too close proximity.)

3 – Matches (careless disposal of lighted matches; boxes left within reach of young children etc.)

4 – Smoking materials (un-extinguished cigarette stubs; burning embers falling on to rugs or clothing; lighted cigarettes left on ledges, mantelpieces, or furniture.)

5 – Oil stoves (allowed to become dirty; being filled or moved while alight; left in draughts which cause flaring, etc.)

6 – Gas (loose taps allowing leakage; neglected damage to defective pipes; flame extinguished by draught while tap mains on, etc.)

7 – Rubbish (accumulation in cupboards, or under stairs; oily rags coming in contact with naked flame, etc.)

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