It's extremely important for SCI people to keep warm, especially during the chilly winter months - but it's also important to do this safely.
Silent and fast spreading, in most house fires, smoke is a bigger killer than the fire. That is why it is important to check your smoke alarm regularly
Sometimes called the silent killer this gas is colourless and odourless but can be fatal. Often caused by gas fires or those that use solid fuel, it is important to get your heating appliances including boilers and chimneys regularly serviced. Also check that internal and external air vents have not been blocked or covered accidentally.
Carbon monoxide build up can be spotted through a colour change in a gas flame (usually from blue to orange) but the best way of checking for carbon monoxide is to get a carbon monoxide detector.
It is important to make sure that the gas appliances around the house are well maintained. It is important to make sure that new items are safe and when buying you should check products have the British Standards Safety Mark or British Seal of Approval.
If at anytime you suspect a gas leak in your house you should open the windows and call the gas supplier. It is important to not use switches or use a naked flame as this could ignite the gas.
An excellent way to stay warm in bed, they are responsible for around 1000 fires a year. Electric blankets should be fitted under the bed clothes manufacturers instructions followed regarding fitting and storing.
It is important that you make sure your blanket is unsoiled and dry and to check that there are no scorch marks on it.
Many of the fires caused by electric blankets older than 10 years so make sure you get your blanket checked by a professional electrician. This should be done around every three years.
Whether electric, gas or solid fuel, a fire can be a hazard.
To make sure your fire is safe: