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Have you gone through your winter safety routine?
Seasonal advice from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service
The clocks have gone back, there is a cold crispness to the morning and evening air. Winter is approaching. It is this time of year when the central heating is turned back on, we get the electric blanket out of the cupboard, we prepare more hot meals and the festive season sees us using more candles and open fires.
For Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, we see changes to the types of emergency calls at this time of year. Many accidental fires in the home could be easily avoided if we spend a few minutes to think about our safety. Being aware of the dangers of fire and taking simple preventative measures could help save the lives of you and your family.
Your home is full of potential fire risks. If you are aware of these risks you can ensure that you GET SMART and reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home. We have highlighted below some of the most common causes of house fires at this time of the year.
CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARM. Check the battery is working by pressing the test button. This should be done weekly.
Fires strike when you least expect them, often during the night so ensure that you and your loved ones have an escape plan of what to do and where to go in the event of a fire. Be aware that although fires spread quickly, it is smoke that is the real killer. If you are asleep when a fire starts and you don't have a smoke alarm to wake you, your chances of surviving are very slim.
GET EQUIPPED. Smoke alarms are a proven life saver. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service can offer a free home safe check to priority groups. If you have no smoke detectors we can install, free of charge, a 10 year smoke alarm. We can also test existing alarms and replace them if necessary. We can also provide alarms with strobe lighting and vibrating pads for people with hearing impairments.
Finally, if you are unfortunate to experience a fire in your home, GET OUT, CALL US OUT, STAY OUT.
For further fire safety information visit www.dorsetfire.co.uk or, if you would like to know more about free home fire safety checks, please ring (01202 538282 or 01305 259660).
HAVE A SAFE WINTER.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Please contact the Parish Clerk:
Rose Edwards, Townsend Cottage, Poyntington, DT9 4LF
Tel: 01963 220491 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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