Ad­vice on keep­ing safe while warm

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing urged to be care­ful about how they heat their home as tem­per­a­tures fall.

Lin­colnshire Fire and Res­cue has is­sued the warn­ing and ad­vice on how to avoid an ac­ci­den­tal house fire as a re­sult of house­hold heat­ing.

Debbie Robin­son, deputy com­mu­nity fire safety man­ager, said: “In the past, we’ve had re­ports of peo­ple us­ing some re­ally un­safe meth­ods to keep warm – like leav­ing oven doors open and gas hobs on. But ap­par­ently safe heat­ing can turn dis­as­trous too, if pre­cau­tions aren’t taken.

“Make sure that you don’t put any­thing too close to open fires or por­ta­ble heaters; care­fully check elec­tri­cal ca­bles and gas pipes and if you use an open fire or wood burn­ing stove, en­sure that you use suit­able fuel and have the chim­ney swept.”

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