Stay Safe this Winter: Essential Tips from Devon & Somerset Fire Service

In this blog post, we will explore essential winter safety tips and insights, inspired by our forthcoming community conversation event.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Community Conversations

Home Instead North Devon is thrilled to collaborate with the local fire service for an upcoming community conversation on winter safety.

The upcoming online community conversation event, on Thursday, 23rd November from 12pm-1pm, provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable winter safety tips from experienced fire service officers.

Winter Safety: Protecting What Matters Most

Winter introduces a unique set of challenges, from icy pathways to an increased use of heating appliances. Ensuring the safety of our homes and loved ones becomes paramount during this season.

Key Winter Safety Tips:

Heating Safely: As we rely more on heaters and fireplaces, it’s crucial to keep them well-maintained and ensure they are placed away from flammable materials. Regular checks and proper ventilation are vital to prevent accidents.

Electrical Safety: Winter often means more indoor activities, leading to increased use of electrical appliances. Overloaded sockets and worn-out wires are common culprits for electrical fires. 

Fire Escape Plan: Every household should have a fire escape plan, especially in winter when escape routes might be obstructed by snow or ice. Discuss and practise your escape plan with family members, ensuring everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness: Carbon monoxide, often called the silent killer, is a real threat during winter. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and ensure they are functioning correctly.

Candle Safety: Candles create a cosy ambiance, but they can also be dangerous if not handled with care. Always extinguish candles before leaving a room and keep them away from curtains and other flammable materials.

Connecting with the Community:

The upcoming online community conversation event isn’t just about receiving valuable information; it’s an opportunity to engage with our community and learn from one another. 

These events are free to attend and are open to anyone who lives or works in Devon or Somerset, regardless of their background or experience. Whether you represent an organisation or are speaking as an individual, you are very welcome.

Join Us for a Warm Discussion:

The link to join the next event will be up a few days before it takes place. If there’s something specific you’d like to find out about, don’t hesitate to share your questions in advance by emailing [email protected]

If you encounter any difficulties joining the event, please call 01392 719999. 

Mark your calendars for Thursday, 23rd November at 12pm-1pm, and let’s come together on Microsoft Teams for an hour of insightful discussions, expert advice, and friendly community interactions. 

Don’t forget to prepare your favourite hot drink and biscuits to make the conversation even warmer and more enjoyable.