Winter is approaching and as the temperatures drop Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to consider fire safety when preparing for the change of season
More accidental fires happen in winter than at any other time of the year. Elderly people can be particularly vulnerable at this time of year due to the increase in use of portable electric heaters and open fires.
Head of Central Risk Reduction, Jim Bywater
The Service has already attended a number of incidents this year caused by heating appliances, open fires and chimneys.
Head of Central Risk Reduction, Jim Bywater said: “More accidental fires happen in winter than at any other time of the year. Elderly people can be particularly vulnerable at this time of year due to the increase in use of portable electric heaters and open fires.
“Portable heaters should never be left on unattended overnight while fireguards should cover an open fire at all times and chimneys and flues should be kept clean and well maintained. People must always remember to keep their candles away from curtains, material and furniture.”
If you are elderly, or know of someone elderly who hasn’t received a free home fire risk we’d urge you to get in touch on our FREEPHONE number 0800 0241 99, so we can arrange a visit by our firefighters or one of our technicians. A home fire risk check reduces the risk of a fire occurring and gives you that extra piece of mind.”
Tips on staying safe this winter:-
• Unplug your electric blanket before you get into bed – unless it has a thermostat control for safe all-night use.
• Always position heaters so their back is against the wall and they’re facing the room.
• Keep portable heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.
• Make sure candles are in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire such as curtains.
• Put candles out when you leave the room and ensure they are completely out when going to bed.
• Sweep the chimney before use if you haven’t used it for some time.
• Always keep a fire guard in front of an open fire.
To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999. For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.