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Safety warning as temperatures plummet


Date: 26th February, 2018

With a Siberian blast of cold weather due over the coming days, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice to local people on the best ways to stay safe and warm.

Area Manager Craig Baker said: “The Met Office is warning of an exceptionally cold snap over the next few days and, as it gets colder, it’s inevitable that people will spend more time indoors staying as warm as possible. Using additional heating is understandable, but this can increase the risk of fire. By following some simple rules, you can stay safe and warm.”

He added: “We are here to help and offer advice. If you are in doubt over any fire safety issues, please do get in touch, and always remember to test your smoke detector every week, as working smoke detectors save lives.”

Open fires can provide a relaxing and atmospheric way to keep warm, whereas portable heaters are handy to move around – but it’s important to use them safely:

Electric blankets can help you keep warm during the cold nights, but they can be a danger if not used properly – 440 injuries result from every 1,000 fires started by an electric blanket:

The adverse weather could also affect driving conditions, especially if there is snowfall as forecast. Area Manager Baker said: “There are basic safe driving principles which apply in all adverse conditions, but especially when there is ice or snow. We would urge people to follow the forecasts and abide by any travel advice that is issued as the week progresses.”

The following advice is worth bearing in mind:

A full range of advice for staying safe at home and on the roads can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/get-ready-winter

 

 

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