The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s new ‘Winter & Festive Safety’ leaflet offers lots of valuable information. Here are some top winter safety tips
- Keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.
- Unplug or switch off portable heaters when you go out or go to bed.
- Fit a Carbon Monoxide detector in all rooms containing gas or paraffin heaters or where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires), heaters and stoves) or a flue.
- Never leave an electric blanket switched on when you’re in bed unless it’s marked ‘suitable for all night use’.
- Check your electric blanket, plug and flex regularly for damage. If you’re in any doubt, don’t use the blanket.
- Unplug fairy lights or other electrical Christmas decorations when you leave the house or go to bed.
- Extinguish all candles before you go to bed. Never leave a burning candle in a bedroom.
- Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which can get hot enough to melt plastic. Always put candles on a heat resistant surface/holders.
- Leaving cookers unattended or being distracted while cooking is the most frequent cause of fire in the home. Never cook hot food while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Make sure you have at least one heat alarm in every kitchen in your home.
- Most fatal fires are caused by smoker's materials. Don’t smoke in your chair if you’ve been drinking or you’re feeling tired. If you do feel tired smoke outside or stand up and smoke at a window or outside door.
- Check your smoke and heat alarms are working. Replace batteries if necessary.
We want to make sure your home is as safe from fire as it can be. During a Home Fire Safety Visit we’ll help you spot possible fire hazards, sort out a fire escape plan and provide information about smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms. The process only takes about 20 minutes, and their advice and help could save your life