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Stay Fire Safe This Winter

Winter can be a dangerous time of year for fires in the home so firefighters are highlighting a few simple precautions you can take to stay fire safe.

 

Fires and heaters

  • Switch heaters off if you are not in the room and check they are off before you go to bed
  • Keep heaters well away from anything that could catch light like curtains or finishings and never use them for drying clothes
  • If you plan to use an open fire make sure you have your chimney professionally swept and cleaned and use a fireguard to protect against flying sparks with hot embers
  • Make sure embers are properly put out before leaving the house or going to bed

Electric blankets

  • Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket
  • Unplug blankets before you get into bed, unless they have a thermostat control for safe all night use
  • Don’t leave electric blankets folded as this damages the internal wiring
  • Have your blanket checked regularly by a qualified electrician and always follow the manufacturers guidelines regarding the use and Maintenance

Candles

  • Make sure that candles and tea lights are in a proper holder, and away from materials that may catch fire, like curtains
  • Ensure candles are extinguished when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Only a working smoke alarm can alert you to the danger of a developing fire so check it regularly
  • Make an escape plan in case of Fire and practice it with your family

You or someone you care for may be eligible for the free home safety visit call 08458739973 to find out.

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