HEATING YOUR HOME
- Always be careful when using an open fire to keep your home warm and always use a fire guard to protect against sparks.
- Always check your fire is under control before going to bed.
- Keep chimneys and flues clean.
- Keep heaters away from curtains and furniture.
- Do not use heaters for drying clothes.
- Always unplug an electric heater when you go to bed.
- Try to secure the heater to a wall to stop it falling over.
- Unplug blankets before you get into bed, unless they have a ‘safety all night’ feature.
- Store the blanket either rolled, flat or loosely folded to avoid wire damage.
- You may be able to get your fire blanket tested by Age UK or your local fire service. They should be tested every three years.
- Try not to buy second-hand blankets.
- Replace your blanket every ten years.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS A POWERCUT
- Have battery operated torches and extra batteries in an easy to find place.
- If you have to use candles, make sure you blow them out before going to bed.
- Make sure candles are in a secure holder and are away from curtains, clothing and bedding.
- Have a portable charger fully charged, so you can still use a mobile phone in the event of an emergency.
- Wrap up in layers of warm clothes and blankets.
You can read our fire safety guidelines in full here: Fire Safety – Wandle Housing Association