As daylight saving attracts to an in depth this weekend, insurers are reminding individuals to check smoke alarms and examine houses earlier than winter.
The Insurance coverage Council says it is is an efficient time to ensure the whole lot is in working order.
Fireplace and Emergency knowledge reveals simply 60 p.c of home fireplace callouts had working smoke alarms final yr.
The council mentioned it pays to examine fireplaces and chimneys, and have a very good inventory of dry wooden to forestall the construct up of creosote inside.
Creosote is a number one reason for chimney fires.
There are a variety of different issues that folks can do forward of winter to cut back the chance of a home fireplace, the council mentioned:
- Take a look at non-electric heaters for gasoline or carbon monoxide leaks, and ensure all electrical heating home equipment are freed from mud and have cables and plugs which can be undamaged.
- Examine electrical blankets are in good working order and set up timers to make sure they don’t seem to be unintentionally left on.
- Heaters use extra vitality than normal home equipment so examine they’re plugged straight right into a wall socket to keep away from overloading multi-boxes.
Folks must also examine roofs, gutters and branches to minimise harm in extreme climate, the council mentioned.
Daylight financial savings ends tomorrow when clocks return one hour at 3am.