05 Oct 2022
As the weather starts to get cooler, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to think about fire safety when saving money on their energy bills.
The Service is concerned that people may put themselves at additional risk as the cost-of-living increases.
As part of a new campaign called 'save safely' the Service is asking people to think now about preparing for winter, by doing three checks:
Group Manager, Ros Clarke, said:
“We know this winter is going to be really tough for everyone. Every winter we see people making unsafe choices to stay warm, but we are worried this is going to be worse this year.
“We’ve previously had fires relating to people using old or damaged heaters, drying washing on heaters, or using candles. We’ve also had people using patio stoves indoors in a desperate attempt to stay warm. We know people are going to have tough choices to make due to finances, but we want people to make safety their first thought when it comes to saving money.”
The fire service is offering advice and signposting support available in relation to staying warm and saving money this winter. Visit: Stay warm safely this winter | Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (dsfire.gov.uk)
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
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