WITH temperatures getting colder and nights getting longer Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stay safe in their homes and on the roads this winter.
The service has released advice in the form of Ten Top Tips for staying safe this winter, which includes ways to prevent fires in the home and preventative actions which can help motorists avoid being involved in road traffic collisions.
At this time of year using electrical heaters, electric blankets, candles and open fires is more common and the Service advises residents to check all equipment is working properly, has no exposed wires and are not left by flammable materials. It is also important not to leave candles lit when you are out of the room and to ensure they are in a suitable container.
Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect said: “All of the actions in our tips only take a short amount of time but could save you from having a fire in your home. The same can be said for your vehicles. It does not take long to check your tyres and although it may seem an inconvenience to have to de-ice your car in the morning it is important to do so properly to avoid being involved in a collision.
“We would urge residents to take care when driving on the roads throughout the year but especially during winter when the roads can be wet, icy and snowy. You can not always tell if there is black ice on the roads so it is important to take note of weather warnings and drive at a speed that is appropriate for the conditions.”
SFRS Top 10 Tips for Winter Safety
- Unplug your electric blanket before you get into bed – unless it has a thermostat control for safe all-night use
- Always position heaters so the back of the heater is against the wall and the heater elements are facing the room
- Keep portable heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them to dry clothes.
- Make sure candles are in a proper holder and away from flammable materials that may catch fire (such as curtains or blinds)
- Put candles out when you leave the room and ensure they are completely out when going to bed or leaving the house
- Sweep the chimney before you start using it for the winter and make sure stoves are serviced
- Always keep a fireguard in front of an open fire
- Drive with care, even on treated roads, and be prepared for road conditions to change even over short distances
- Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are completely free of snow and ice before you set off and always make sure your screen wash is topped up
- Make sure your vehicle is serviced prior to winter months and check your tyres have legal tread every month