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Winter heating warnings

With temperatures falling and the colder weather coming, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to think carefully before heating their home this winter.

Fire chiefs are urging householders to think carefully when heating their home this winter

The advice comes after a number of reports of people heating their homes in dangerous ways, without realising the risks.

The service now wants to reinforce the message by highlighting the top mistakes people make in their home when trying to stay warm. This includes:

1) Putting washing too close to their halogen heaters

2) Sitting too close to their halogen heaters

3) Leaving their halogen heaters on when going to bed

4) Keeping wood all the way round a wood burner when lit

5) Using candle flower pot heaters - home-made heating devices made by candles being placed under an upside down plant pot

Residents urged to stay safe when heating their homes this winter

"We want people to stay warm and well this winter, but our main priority is that people stay safe. "We know it's tempting to sit with the heater close to your legs or to dry washing quicker by having the heater right next to it, but this can be extremely dangerous.

"These are all things we see when we visit people in their homes, and it is vital that they understand the dangers so they don’t put themselves or their loved ones at risk. “We realise that it is expensive to heat your homes at present, but would recommend portable oil filled radiators for small space heating."I

– John Barke, Lincolnshire deputy community fire safety manager

If you are at home and are struggling to keep warm, there are a number of schemes available which can help. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator or contactResponders to Warmthon 0845 6064566 who will be able to offer advice and assistance.

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Recycle your Xmas tree and help hospice

Households across Lincoln are being encouraged to go green this Christmas and help to support their local hospice with their tree-cycle campaign.

St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation. Credit: St Barnabas Hospice

On Saturday 7th January, St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation.

The hospice will be collecting trees in parts of LN1, LN2, LN3, LN4, LN5 and LN6.

“This is the simplest, greenest and most charitable way to get rid of your Christmas tree after the festivities.

"Let the hospice take away the stress and mess of disposing of your tree and help us to raise vital funds for hospice care.

“Donations are crucial to the success of this event and to ensuring that we can continue to provide dedicated, compassionate hospice care every day of the year.”

– Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St BarnabasHospice

To arrange a collection and donate to the hospice book in at www.charityxmastreecollection.com

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Project to save local wildflowers from extinction

Credit: University of Leicester

A new project at the University of Leicester hopes to save rare and threatened local wildflowers from across Leicestershire and Rutland from extinction. The university has built a deep freeze container, named 'Genebank55,' to store and protect rare wildflower seeds in case of a requirement for repopulation.

Changes in agricultural methods and how the land has been used have endangered some species of wildflower. Some of the species have a scant few individual populations remaining. The University are hoping that Genebank55 will be up and running by 2017.

Protestors wait for council decision on shale gas drilling

Frack Free Nottinghamshire are protesting outside County Hall. Credit: ITV News Central

Protesters have gathered outside County Hall this morning ahead of a decision on exploratory drilling in Nottinghamshire today.

The project in Misson Springs in Nottinghamshire could get the go ahead when the County Council Planning and Licensing Committee meet.

If approved, the firm IGas would be allowed to drill for shale gas close to the village in Bassetlaw.

Hydraulic fracturing, or the controversial practice of fracking is not part of the proposal but, if shale gas is found, it could take place in the future.

Fracking could take place in the future if shale gas is found. Credit: ITV News Central
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