Published: 03/12/2021 By Allan Fuller
This winter seems to have started earlier than in recent years. Given the vagaries of weather due to global warming, the next weeks and months could be mild but it is still best to take all precautions.
One burst pipe can have disastrous consequences. If you are going to be away, or just out for a short period, it is advisable to leave central heating on a low, or Frost Stat setting to avoid frozen and burst pipes. If your property is unattended please make sure all taps are turned off, remove bath and basin plugs and all stoppers - so any waste outlet is not restricted.
All electrical heaters should be turned off. Please do not leave any television sets in standby mode - turn off and unplug, also disconnect all other appliances i.e., irons, hairdryers, and washing/drying appliances.
Over 200 fires at home involved candles last year...
Though they create a gorgeous warm glow, candles need handling with care. In 2020, over 200 fires in London were connected to candle use. That's why London Fire Brigade recommend you swap your wax candles for 'flameless' candles.
For excellent safety advice check out their website which gives vital safety information that will save lives if adhered to; https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/safety/the-home/
Stay safe, have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.