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Safety advice after power price pinch

Date : 12 April 2022


Following on from the rise in energy prices, we understand that many people are looking at ways of conserving energy and finding alternative ways of keeping warm. 

We would remind everyone of some useful advice to help keep you safe during these difficult times. 


We know that some suppliers charge less for using electricity at certain times of day (or night).  We would advise you not to use appliances overnight.  We often attend appliance-related fires in the home and night-time fires are far more dangerous and likely to spread whilst you are asleep.  It could be more cost-effective to run the washing machine or tumble drier as you either get ready for bed or first thing in the morning (if you are an early riser!).  You could also use timers to switch on appliances at the same time your alarm goes off. 

You can read more about peak and off-peak electricity times here


If you are deciding to light your property using candles, please be aware of the following safety advice:

  • Make sure you put out any candles when you leave the room and especially before bed. Never leave a candle or oil burner unattended.
  • Candles should always be held firmly in heat-resistant holders and placed on a stable surface where they won’t be knocked over.
  • Keep them away from materials that might catch fire – that's things like curtains, furniture, clothes and hair.
  • Be especially careful if you have a lot of flammable items in your home, like collections of books, magazines or papers.
  • Be aware that tea lights get very hot and without proper holders can melt through plastic surfaces like a TV or bath.
  • To avoid accidents, keep candles and other naked flames out of reach of children and pets.


If you are looking at alternative ways of conserving gas and keeping yourself warm, please be careful if using plug-in or electric heaters.

  • Heaters should be kept away from furniture and fittings.
  • Ensure that nothing can fall onto a heater.
  • Keep at least three feet - one metre - away from them.
  • Have fireguards to prevent and protect children and/or pets coming in contact with them.
  • Never dry washing on or near them (or on fireguards).
  • Try to secure heaters up against a wall to stop them falling over.
  • Air vents on storage heaters or fan heaters must be kept uncovered.
  • Don’t overload sockets
  • Ensure heaters are switched off when not in use

We are aware that certain energy companies are offering electrical blankets for those in need.  If you have decided to invest in an electrical blanket, click here for more advice on choosing, using and storing your blanket!

Warm Home Check service 

This service provides tailored advice and support for anyone finding it difficult to keep warm at home.  

This scheme covers East Sussex, and offers a home visit for eligible vulnerable people on a low income, which can include:

  • advice on how best to keep their home warm/reduce energy costs
  • advice on financial support available to help with heating costs
  • minor home improvement measures such as improving pipe insulation, draught-proofing, boiler service. 

Freephone: 0800 085 1674 or visit www.warmeastsussex.org.uk  

Further information

  • Do you have smoke alarms fitted?  We offer a FREE Home Safety Visit service, where we can visit your property and ensure that your home is safe.  We can also fit smoke alarms if required.  To book your FREE Home Safety Visit, click here or telephone: 0800 177 7069 
  • Faults cause fires! Don’t ignore the warning signs on your white goods. You can find a whole range of electrical safety resources here alongside important information on recalls and safety notices.  
  • For more information on keeping warm and energy saving advice, visit Keep Warm Keep Well or Energy Saving Advice Service (0300 123 1234) 



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