Met Office warning of snow for Tamworth tomorrow
The Met Office has issued an amber alert warning of expected snow and ice tomorrow and Sunday across Tamworth and North Warwickshire.
A band of wet weather is due to move in from Wales tomorrow (Saturday, February 4) bring snow and sleet with it, and it will probably be quite heavy.
The Met Office warns that with temperatures expected to remain below 2 degrees c tomorrow, it's likely that there will be travel disruption.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service last year attended a number of incidents caused by heating appliances, open fires and chimneys. Firefighters are hoping there are no repeat incidents similar to the six fatal fires which happened in 2010 as a result of heating equipment.
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Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: "We urge people to take extra care when using portable heaters and open or gas fires by not getting too close to them and by keeping flammable materials, such as clothes and curtains, a safe distance away.
"We would also ask members of the community to check on vulnerable friends, neighbours and members of family to make sure that they are as safe as possible."
Tips on staying fire safe this winter
Unplug your electric blanket before you get into bed, unless it has a thermostat control for safe all-night use.
Always position heaters so their back is against a wall and they're facing the room.
Never use portable heaters for drying clothes.
Make sure candles are in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire such as curtains.
Put candles out when you leave the room and ensure they are completely out when going to bed.
Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained.
Always unplug electrical heaters when you go out or before you go to bed.
Ensure you have working smoke alarms and test them weekly.
Keep a battery operated light or torch handy in the event of a powercut or failure.
If there is snow, we will try to keep up to date with any school closures or bus and train changes.
You can keep a track on the weather on the following link:
Here's a reminder of the snow last winter, in 2010.