People are being urged to take simple steps to protect themselves from accidental fires and carbon monoxide poisoning as the winter approaches.
The Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DEFRS) has made the appeal as households look to keep warm and cut energy use amid a cost-of-living crisis.
The National Fire Chiefs Council has launched ‘Stay Fire Safe’ in response to concerns that people will turn to alternative ways of heating and lighting their homes in a bid to save money.
Alongside this, DWFRS has its own #SaveSafely campaign, which offers advice on where savings can be a false economy, and how to reduce the risks when doing things differently.
There is also signposting to financial support, and a range of energy saving tips.
Prevention delivery manager at DWFRS, Ian Hopkins, said: “The most important thing that people can do this winter is make sure they have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
“We offer free Safe & Well visits, which includes fitting these devices where they are needed, so there’s no cost to the individual.”
He added: “We know that the rising cost of living is a huge concern to so many people within our community, and we are doing all we can to support them with saving safely this winter.
“Please take a look at www.dwfire.org.uk/save-safely and get in touch if you need our help.”
For more information on the free Safe & Well advice, which can include a home visit and the provision of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, call free on 0800 038 2323 or visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safe-and-well-visits.