During the festive season, many take the opportunity to check in on relatives or neighbours who may struggle to get out to shops or are simply alone and feeling vulnerable.
It’s important to continue this throughout the year, especially at the start when people can feel a bit low following the recent festivities.
Sarah Wilkinson, Head of Prevention said: “Winter can be a difficult time as the cold weather sets in and keeping warm becomes a priority. Fire risk in the home can increase due to people smoking indoors to stay out of the cold and using open fires and electric or gas heaters more often.
"When visiting a relative or neighbour, quick safety checks can make a difference to someone’s safety.”
How you could help:
- Offer to check that your neighbour’s smoke alarm is working, push the button and make sure the alarm sounds.
- If your neighbour smokes, remind them to never smoke in bed or when tired, to always ensure cigarettes are fully extinguished in a proper ashtray.
- Remind your neighbour never to leave cooking unattended and ensure the cooker is turned off before leaving the house or going to bed. Having a timer is a good reminder to turn the cooker off once finished cooking.
- If they use a portable heater, remind your neighbour not to sit too close as fabric can easily catch fire. Advise them to not to leave heaters turned on overnight. If they use an open fire, ensure they use a fire guard.
If you have any concerns about a neighbour or relative, find out if they are eligible for a free home safety visit, by clicking here.