Staying Fire Safe
As the colder months are drawing nearer and the clocks go back, winter is inevitably on its way!
Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service knows how important it is for people to stay safe and warm in winter, and is offering advice and help to local residents.
The most important advice from the Fire and Rescue Service at any time of year is to have a working smoke alarm and a fire escape plan for the home both of which could save life.
FREE smoke alarms…
Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service offers a free Home Fire Safety Check to all residents, giving advice on Fire Safety and Electrical Safety. The Service also installs smoke alarms where needed for free – but please remember to test it weekly. For more information please contact www.bedsfire.com.
What else can I do?
There are some additional safety measures that you should consider as winter draws closer.
- There are a number of ways in which you can keep warm in and around the house. Electric blankets are still a very popular way of heating a bed. However, always store them flat or rolled up to protect the internal wiring and only leave a blanket switched on all night if it has thermostatic controls. Otherwise, unplug it before you get into bed.
- If you are thinking of using portable heaters, position them so they are backed up against a wall, facing into the room. If possible, secure them to the wall to stop them falling over. Do not place heaters near curtains or furnishings and NEVER use them for drying clothes.
- If you have a working chimney these should be cleaned and serviced at least once a year to reduce the risk of fire.
As well as responding to incidents when they do happen, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service places great emphasis on working with you to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place.
If you want more advice or help, please contact us on 01234 845000. When you call, we will be there.