March 04, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Helps Homeowners Spot Uncommon Fires Hazards

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 4, 2012) - Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of house insurance is helping homeowners to spot fire hazards that may not be so obvious.

House fires can be fatal so it is vital that homeowners do everything they can to prevent them. Most homeowners can spot the obvious fire hazards, unattended candles, frayed or damaged wires, children playing with matches but some exist that are not so obvious.

Swinton has put together some tips to help owners spot the more inconspicuous fire hazards around the home:

  • If you have a storage cupboard with a light bulb make sure that you do not store any bedding or sheets close to the light. The heat from the light can set the bedding alight
  • If you have a skylight in a closet ensure that it is has a UV film, again the direct heat from the sun can scorch material
  • Do not leave magnifying mirrors on windowsills - if the sun shines on it for long periods of time the intensified heat from the reflected UV rays could cause a fire
  • Pets can be a fire hazard as they can knock over candles or electrical heaters and chew through electrical wires

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton said, "Preventing a fire is much easier than having to deal with the aftermath. Having a house fire can be extremely distressing especially if the cause could've been prevented. Our advice is to check for fires hazards regularly and of course have adequate home insurance in the event of having to replace your possessions."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden, Lucy Gordon or Alyssa Harrison at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk

About Swinton

  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance.

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