Advice for keeping warm

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AS temperatures fall, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is urging everyone to be careful about how they heat their home.

The advice comes during the year’s busiest period for fires caused by household heating, which started almost 18 per cent of last winter’s total number of accidental house fires in Lincolnshire.

Tips for keeping safe include, use a fireguard around an open fire, especially if you have children. Never leave children alone in a room with extra heaters or an open fire.

Last year, between December 2010 and February 2011, 12, fires were caused by a heater or fire and two were caused by central heating or hot water and three were caused by other heating equipment.

The total number of accidental dwelling fires (all causes) between December 2010 and February 2011 was 96.