Cold weather advice from fire service

DEVON & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking people to be extra vigilant in their homes as th spell of cold weather continues. Fire risk is always greater when temperatures plummet and people are relying on extra heating sources. The advice is: * Do

DEVON & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking people to be extra vigilant in their homes as th spell of cold weather continues.

Fire risk is always greater when temperatures plummet and people are relying on extra heating sources.

The advice is:

* Do not leave open fires unattended


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* Turn portable fires off when leaving the room

* Do not place combustible materials next to a heat source

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* Have smoke alarms fitted and make sure they are working

Chris Hole from the fire service in Taunton also said:

"Please be aware that when driving conditions are difficult and with the increased number of weather related incidents, our response times may be longer than normal." He asks the public to be alert at all times.

"We are working closely with other emergency services to provide assistance at incidents as quickly as possible. Finally, please do not travel unless your journey is absolutely vital, as this will minimise the risk to yourself and others."

If you do need travel:

* Keep up to date with national and local weather news

* Take an emergency kit with you (boots, spade, torch, warm drink, blanket and mobile phone)

* Make sure your car is properly de-iced, all windows cleared and there is plenty of screen wash

* Tell other people about your plans

* Prepare to delay your journey until conditions improve

* Allow extra time for your journey

* Only travel if absolutely essential

For more information look at www.direct.gov.uk/firekills

Highways Agency: 0845 7504030

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