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Welcome from the Chief Fire Officer

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Our aim is to protect communities before emergencies occur and to provide a professional, efficient and effective fire and rescue service for all who live, work and travel throughout North Wales.

Keep warm but safe this winter

I'd like to take this opportunity to make sure that residents ensure they stay warm but safe this winter and over the Christmas period.

On average North Wales Fire and Rescue Service attends between one to two fires within the home every day - but over the Christmas and the New Year period this rises to up to 3 fires in a day. 

However welcoming an open fire may be, it's important to remember that it is also a hazardous area.  Sparks and embers can find themselves thrown beyond the hearth and cause an accidental fire, therefore use a fire or spark guard and make sure that it has the kite mark or conforms to a relevant British / European
standard. To help avoid injuries do not place objects on, over or near the mantle-piece which may cause the items to catch fire. And before you go to bed, let the fire burn down well and check the hearth, floor and furnishings near the fire for hot sparks or embers.

Have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood, and inspect your chimney breast regularly - particularly in the roof space - to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape through cracks or broken bricks.  Also, avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly and ensure you burn only suitable fuels.

It's inevitable you might take additional measures to keep warm during the cold winter nights, such as using electric blankets and heaters - but these may bring an increased risk of fire into the home which could have devastating consequences.

Remember to get electric blankets tested regularly and replaced after a few years. Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if the blanket is switched off. Remember to unplug electric blankets before you get
into bed, unless they have a thermostat control for safe all-night use. And
don't leave electric blankets folded as this damages the internal wiring -
store them flat or rolled up instead.

You might use additional heaters during the cold nights. If so please remember to always keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes. Ensure you unplug portable heaters when you go out and go to bed.

Over the last few months we've had a number of high profile fires involving electrical items - the tragic fire in Llanrwst where two men lost their lives in October is thought to have started in a tumble dryer, and a family of five from Connah's Quay had a lucky escape from a dishwasher fire in their home just last month.

Residents can help cut down on the risk of electrical fires in their home by  not overloading electrical outlets and avoiding using counterfeit products as they are often not equipped to comply with even the most basic safety standards. Also, keep an eye out for frayed extension cords and don't run extension cords beneath rugs or behind furniture-it may be walked on in a high-traffic area, and could be hard to tell if it's overheating until it's too late.  Fires can also easily occur if clothes or paper fall behind appliances as they can obstruct the air circulation and cause the appliance to overheat.

And of course remember to test your smoke alarm once a week - it could mean the difference between life and death.

 For advice on winter safety please click here.


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