Firefighters urge people to stay warm but safe

Cheshire firefighters are offering advice on how to stay safe when trying to keep warm this winter.

To reduce costs, many people will be looking for alternative ways to heat their homes - opening themselves up to dangers and greater risk of fire in the home.

Please follow the advice to stay safe.

  • If you have a log burner or solid fuel fire, make sure you get your chimney swept regularly so there's no build up inside and the space is free from bird nesting materials. Stack logs by the side of a fire and use a fireguard where possible to prevent embers falling out.
  • Make sure candles are secured in a holder and away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains. Never leave candles unattended around pets and children. Always put them out before you go to bed.
  • When using a wheat bag, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and ensure it is not heated in a microwave for too long, or at too high a temperature.

  • Camping stoves and barbecues should never be used indoors.

  • Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home and regularly test and maintain them – smoke alarms save lives.

Sitting room temperatures are recommended to be kept at 21°C and bedrooms should be 18°C. If you’re feeling the chill, use a blanket or layer your clothing to trap heat better.

For more information and advice about staying safe and preventing fire, visit: cheshirefire.gov.uk/keepingwarm

Categories: Health and wellbeing, Heating and energy
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