The winter months are fast approaching and you need to be prepared. During winter, the number of fires across the United Kingdom rise every year. The following article will offer a guide and supply you with vital facts and information that will help you to prevent a fire in winter at your home.
Did you know that over 100 fires a year occur because of faulty electric blankets? If that doesn’t shock you, how about the fact that there are 7,600 fires a year in the United Kingdom due to unswept chimneys? Across winter, many fires happen due to a lack of knowledge of fire safety in winter, or possible causes of fire and as a result fire restoration is required.
Firstly, when you are heating your home in the times of freezing temperatures, the use of open fires increases massively during the winter. If you use one in your property, you need to make sure that you use a proper fire guard to protect against sparks. Also make sure that you put out the embers fully before you leave the room to go to sleep.
Additionally, when you are heating your home using a portable heater, the first thing that is vital is that you don’t put it near curtains or any soft furnishings. Then, when you are using the heater, try to place it on a secure surface or attach it safely to a wall so that it won’t fall over and catch alight. Moreover, when you have finished use of the portable heater, make sure it is turned off and unplugged. Place it somewhere that is safe overnight that isn’t near any flammable objects as they can stay warm even after they have been turned off whilst cooling down.
Another issue during winter is the use of alternative lighting if there is a power cut or electricity failure. The safest way to light your property in the event of loss of power is a torch, therefore keep one or two torches in easy to assess locations in your property and alongside keep fresh batteries. However, if you do need to or choose to use candles, take special precautions. Always make sure that all your candles are lit only when it is inside a candle holder and when you put it out before you leave the room, use a snuffer or spoon rather than blowing it out. When you blow it out, embers could catch fire to flammable objects in your property.
If you follow the aforementioned guidelines regarding winter fire safety, then you should be fire free at your property. However, if you do unfortunately suffer from a winter fire, our experts here at Publiclossadjustersscotland.com we work for you and can offer you full claims management, help and advice to ensure that you receive your best possible settlement.