Helping you save safely as energy prices soar

In response to the rising cost of living, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has launched a campaign to help residents who are looking to save money on energy bills, to do so safely. 

As a part of its new campaign, Save Safely, AF&RS will be issuing advice and providing safe energy saving tips for anyone looking for alternative and cost effectiveways to heat

AF&RS is concerned for the safety of residents, who may resort to increased reliance on portable heaters, electric blankets and open fires in the coming months – all of which come with a fire risk if not used correctly and carefully. 

Risk Reduction Manager Nikki Rice, said: “We know the rising cost of living will impact everyone this winter, and we want to make sure we offer the right advice to make sure people make choices that not only save money but also keep them safe.

“Going back to basics by layering up with jumpers, socks and blankets is really the safest way to stay safe and a free way to stay warm. We know people will be dusting off old electric blankets, or lighting log burners once again as cheaper alternatives to their central heating – and it’s these that pose the highest risk to local people. 

“I’d urge everyone to take on board our advice and share it with friends and loved ones, so we can all get through this winter safely together.” 

Visit AF&RS Save Safely page for saving tips, heating hazard help, and more information about financial support for anyone struggling to pay energy bills. 

Local people are also advised to take 10 minutes out of their day to complete AF&RS new online Home Fire Safety Check, which asks residents a series of questions and provides personalised home fire safety advice unique to their home.