Stay Safe this Winter!
With the darker nights and deteriorating weather over the winter months, taking some time to consider winter safety and any additional risks will help safeguard you and your property from potential dangers. The community safety team at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have provided some helpful information to help you stay safe.
“You are far more likely to experience a fire in the home or have a collision in your vehicle during the winter season simply down to the additional risks that are present, so it’s vitally important that you ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy, your smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms are functioning, your chimneys are swept, your electric appliances are safe and you take care with the use of candles. Simple actions can make a huge difference and I would encourage you to look at the information we have provided, to help you have a safe and enjoyable winter.”
Peter Greenslade - Corporate Head of Community Risk Management
Whether heating your home, or using extra lighting, you will most likely be spending more time at home and using more electrical and heating equipment which will naturally cause additional risks, whether it be from fire, flooding or from risks of carbon monoxide. We are also urging you to take simple steps to protect yourselves from accidental fires and carbon monoxide poisoning as you look to keep warm and cut energy use this winter. Testing your smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors should be one of your top priorities.
“With the winter months upon us, the thought of a cosy night in appeals to us all, the warmth of an open fire or the softening light of a candle can set for a relaxing night. However, we need to be mindful of the dangers that can be present with the use of naked flames.
When heat or light is generated, it means that there is a potential risk of fire, whether it be through the use of candles, log burners, portable heaters or electric blankets. It’s important to consider the risk of carbon monoxide and ensuring detectors are in place and functioning by testing them regularly. For further advice and guidance on what you can do to reduce the risks around your home this winter, please visit mawwfire.gov.uk.
You can also arrange for a ‘Safe & Well check’, where the Fire Service will visit your home and provide one to one advice on how to stay safe.”
Wayne Thomas - Home Fire Safety Manager
Making simple preparations to your vehicle whilst also considering the current weather and road conditions, planning routes ahead of setting off and adapting your driving style to suit the conditions will all help reduce the risks this winter.
“Winter driving can present challenging conditions for all drivers. By following some of these simple steps to get your vehicle winter ready and prepare for your journey will ensure that you arrive at your destination safely, but most importantly ask yourself this - Is the journey essential? Do you really need to make it? If it is, is your car ready for that journey?”
Graham Jenkins - Road Safety Manager
As a Service, we work closely with our community and partners to make mid and west Wales a safer place to live, work and visit. In conjunction with the work, we do with young people, visiting schools and carrying out Safe and Well visits we are also responsible for enforcing fire safety legislations.
We want to ensure that everyone has excellent level of support this winter and we provide additional help for those who need it through a Safe and Well check. We understand that some may feel more isolated during the winter months and may struggle to know which way to turn when it comes to staying safe. If you have friends, family or neighbours that could benefit from fire safety advice, tell them about our Safe and Well visits.
Heavy rain is a common issue in mid and west Wales, especially during the autumn and winter months and it’s easy to forget how hazardous driving in wet conditions can be. To ensure that you stay safe, it is important to prepare for the challenges that come from wet weather.
Using Firepits, Chimeneas and Incinerators Safety
Spending time outdoors doesn’t need to stop during the winter months. For the colder months, a firepit or chimenea can extend your enjoyment of your garden and just the thing to bring people you love together for roasting marshmallows or creating the right environment for a party. Follow our simple safety tips to stay safe this winter.
Fireworks, Sky lanterns and Balloon Releases
Celebrating religious festivals and new year with the use of fireworks, Sky, or Chinese Lanterns and intentional balloon releases, not only present a fire hazard, but they also litter the countryside and prevent serious hazards to livestock and wildlife. Check the guidelines below for more information.