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KFRS reissues cold weather advice on staying fire safe

In the last two days some areas of the county have been struck by heavy snow
KFRS is repeating its call to residents to stay safe during this prolonged period of cold weather
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) repeats its call to residents to stay safe during this prolonged period of cold weather.

In the last two days temperatures have plummeted and some areas of the county have been struck by heavy snow. However, there are simple yet effective ways to help keep you, your family and your home safe during this inclement weather.

They are:

• If you plan to use an open fire, make sure your chimney is swept as built up soot and ash can cause chimney fires.

• Portable heaters should be dust free and kept well away from anything that could catch fire

• Candles should be placed on a non-flammable surface and never be left unattended

• Now - more than ever - please take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours to make sure they are safe, well and free from fire risks.

• Snow and ice on the roads are causing dangerous driving conditions. Do not travel unless your journey is absolutely necessary.

Snow and ice on the roads are causing dangerous driving conditions

• Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and test it.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has put in place practical plans to ensure its emergency response during this period of heavy snow. Operational staff and equipment, including vehicles with snow chains and off-road capability, are ready to respond to fires and other incidents.

Steve Griffiths, KFRS's Assistant Director Community Safety, said: "Together with our partners we have put in place well-practised plans to maintain our emergency response for the county during this cold spell. However, although our plans are tried and tested, we would like to remind people not to ring us unnecessarily and that, because of the weather and road conditions, it may take fire appliances longer to reach some areas than usual."

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