Get Ready for Autumn and Stay Safe

As the air turns cooler and leaves drop from the trees, it's important to keep a few important Autumn safety tips in mind.

With proper precautions and safety awareness, your family can enjoy that crisp Autumn weather while avoiding some of the dangers that come with the season. When the weather turns cold most people spend more time inside their homes using fireplaces, wood burners and heaters to keep warm. There's nothing quite as cosy as a fire, but it does present some safety hazards.

Before the cold weather sets in, be sure to arrange your annual service on your central heating system.  If you have an open fire, ensure to get your chimney cleaned in readiness for the colder weather and never leave a burning fire unattended.  If you are using portable heaters, it is essential that you read the instructions before you use it and keep it away from your curtains and furniture. Candles are a great way to give a room that warm glow, but they can also cause fires. Never leave candles burning if you go out or go to sleep and keep your candles away from pets and kids.

Peter Greenslade, Corporate Head of Community Risk Management

“We want our community to consider our safety tips for the coming months. A change in season indicates changes in the environment and a heightened risk of serious harm to people and property. We want to ensure that we do all that we can to help highlight dangers you may face and how you can reduce those risks through some simple actions."

Our website offers some essential safety tips from Home Safety, Electrical Safety, Bonfire and Firework Safety and staying safe on our roads.

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