Release date: 2 March 2018
Firefighters are reminding residents about the danger of fire posed by low winter sun and direct sunlight on mirrors.
Even though we are in a cold spell, the rays from the sun are very strong and come in at a very low angle.
The cause of a recent fire was investigated and discovered to have been caused by the reflected light from a magnifying mirror.
This caused the corner of a window frame to smoulder for several hours before starting a fire and setting off a smoke alarm.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has previously identified several similar incidents with potentially devastating consequences and therefore regard this as a serious risk of fire.
The service is urging everyone to check that they remove mirrors, crystal ornaments, decanters, glass paper weights or similar items from sunny windows and windows with bullseye glass panes.
It is also warning people to avoid flammable materials around these and be conscious of any unusual scorch marks.
Group Manager Mark Hayter, said: “We would remind everyone to check they have working smoke alarms and test them today. Smoke alarms really can be the difference between life and death in a fire situation.”
Further fire safety advice can be found here.
Residents can request a free Safe and Well visit for advice on how to make your home safer by calling 0345 8729719 or there is more information here.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.