Keep­ing warm this win­ter – the safe way

As the win­ter months ap­proach, so does the plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion to stay warm in our homes.

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

The El­e­gance Range from Italy al­lows you to cre­ate re­fined and taste­ful set­tings. With this fresh col­lec­tion, the El­e­gance in­ter­prets the graph­ics of the snowwhite Mar­ble of car­rara and the warm crema marfil, re­trac­ing the cen­turies old el­e­gance of mar­ble with soft and dis­creet hues that per­fectly adapt to con­tem­po­rary life and to the needs of the ev­ery day liv­ing.

How­ever for those plan­ning on us­ing elec­tri­cal heaters, gas heaters and fire places, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that there are a few ba­sic fire safety mea­sures to take to en­sure a stress and fire free win­ter. 1. In­stall smoke alarms. Check your ex­ist­ing alarms are work­ing - clean and re­place bat­ter­ies if re­quired 2. Buy a fire blan­ket and lo­cate it where it can be eas­ily reached in an emer­gency. Near the kitchen door is ideal as most fires start in the kitchen 3. In­stall a por­ta­ble fire ex­tin­guisher. Make sure the whole fam­ily knows how to op­er­ate it 4. Cre­ate a fire es­cape plan for your home and dis­play the plan in a cen­tral area of the house. Keep a key in the in­side dead­bolt to en­sure you can leave quickly. Train your fam­ily in an evac­u­a­tion pro­ce­dure and agree on an assem­bly area. Make sure the whole fam­ily knows how to call the fire ser­vice. 5. Have your chim­ney swept. This en­sures the chim­ney can do its job prop­erly vent­ing hot, toxic gases and car­bon monox­ide from the heat­ing sys­tem to the out­doors. 6. Know what to do if cloth­ing catches fire. Don’t run. Re­mem­ber to STOP, DROP and ROLL 7. Take care in the kitchen and never leave cook­ing unat­tended. Turn pot han­dles in­wards 8. Heat your home safely. Place heaters at least one me­tre from flammable items such as cur­tains, bed­ding and fur­ni­ture 9. Prac­tice safe smok­ing. Wet down cig­a­rette butts be­fore dis­pos­ing of them and never smoke in bed 10. Have an elec­tri­cian check the elec­tri­cal wiring through­out the home and keep elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances in good work­ing or­der

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