Fire safety advice given as winter looms

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 September 2018

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Advice has been issued by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue about the 
use of electric blankets and heaters as the winter months draw nearer.

David Facey, of the fire and rescue service, was speaking to members of Exmouth Town Council at its September meeting about what fire risks there are in the home and what people can do to reduce the chance of a blaze starting over the winter.

Among the advice he gave was to ditch paraffin heaters, make sure all electrical items are unplugged over night 
and that electric blankets should be rolled up rather than folded to avoid frayed wires.

Speaking to councillors Mr Facey said: “Winter is coming and the nights are getting colder and darker and we’re putting a lot more things like electric blankets on.

“So it gets potentially 
more dangerous in our homes.”

Anyone who wants a fire safety check at home ring 0800 0502999.

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