Winter Weather Fire Safety Advice
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, is urging householders to ensure they keep warm - but safe from fire during the cold weather. Paul Amos, Area Manager Community Risk at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The cold and dark of winter months need not increase your risks from fire provided you take a few simple precautions. It is most important that residents have working smoke alarms in their home - as this will provide early warning in the event of a fire. Smoke alarms should be checked weekly and if the batteries need changing do so immediately!”
- Don’t overload electrical sockets. Too many electrical appliances plugged into one mains point via an adaptor can overload it!
- Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can also be a real danger.
- Many domestic fires start in the kitchen - NEVER leave cooking unattended.
- Make sure candles are secured in a stable holder and kept away from curtains, fabric or other flammable materials. They should also be kept out of draughts and away from children and animals.
- Always put candles out when you are leaving the room or going to bed.
- Be careful when using open fires to keep warm - make sure you always use a fire guard, and never use a fire guard to dry wet clothing (or similar).
- Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained.
- Never smoke in bed or if you are tired, and always ensure smoking materials are fully extinguished in a non-combustible container.
In closing Area Manager Amos said: “If you do discover fire, don’t take any risks; Get out, Stay out and Dial 999 for the Fire Service.”