Cold snap warning for residents

PUBLISHED: 15:48 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:08 17 June 2010

PLUMMETTING temperatures have sparked the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service into issuing a warning to home-owners and motorists in and around Sidmouth.

PLUMMETTING temperatures have sparked the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service into issuing a warning to home-owners and motorists in and around Sidmouth.

As cold weather continues across the area, the fire service wants residents to be particularly vigilant over their chimneys and ensure they are swept regularly and smoke alarms are kept in working order.

A spokesperson added: "Chimney fires are one of the most common incidents that we attend. Many properties have lost the roof, first floor or in some cases been completely destroyed.

"The consequence of having a chimney fire includes the damage caused directly by the fire, along with the dirt and smell from the soot and smoke, which can affect all of your personal property."

Road accidents due to the continuing icy conditions are another concern. Fire officers, together with the Road Safety Partnership have urged motorists to exercise extreme care by allowing extra time to make journeys, reducing speed and making sure that windscreens are completely free from ice and frost.

Further advice is available at www.dsfire.gov.uk. For a free home safety visit call 0800 73 11 822. The National Association of Chimney Sweeps can be contacted on 0800 833464.


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