Thursday, 26 December 2013

ESFRS safety reminder as more rain is predicted

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public of simple safety advice as more rain is predicted for the next 48 hours.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain affecting the UK late today and tomorrow (26th and 27th December 2013), stating "The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where ground is already saturated and high winds are combined with heavy rainfall."

On the roads

* Slow down and keep your distance from the vehicles in front of you
* Don't attempt to drive through floodwater - you don't know how deep it is or whether there are hidden obstacles
* Make sure your lights and windscreen wipers are fully working before setting out
* Check your route before you set off by going to the Sussex police website: http://www.sussex.police.uk/
* Stay alert to the danger of fallen trees - it is possible more may come down after the heavy rain softened the ground - branches and leaves can also make the roads more treacherous

In the home

* Check whether your home is at risk of flooding on the Environment Agency website: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
* Be prepared and find out what to do if you experience a flood in this leaflet from the Electrical Safety Council
* If you lose power, don't leave lit candles unattended or light fires when you haven't had chimneys properly cleaned
* Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working and in the right position in your home

Near rivers and beaches

* Don't risk your safety by going near flooded rivers - the water may be moving much faster than you think
* Stay away from waves on the seafront - you can easily get knocked off your feet
* If you have dogs, keep them on a lead if you go near rivers or the sea so they stay safe as well
* Don't walk through flood water - you don't know what's under the water line

Finally we would ask that you keep an eye on any neighbours, friends and family who you know may be alone and vulnerable at this time, especially if they live in an area particularly affected by the poor weather.

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