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Christmas card features top tips on staying safe

19/12/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is giving out top tips to help people stay safe this Christmas.

"More than half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents so I would urge people never to cook while drinking alcohol. By following these simple steps, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and have a happy Christmas and a healthy new year."

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

It has sent a card to community venues across the county featuring advice on festive fire safety.

The Service has also handed out leaflets and put up posters throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in order to spread its message.

It is encouraging people to follow the below advice in order to protect themselves and their families.

  • Ensure your Christmas lights have the British Standard mark
  • Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch fire easily
  • Avoid alcohol if you are cooking
  • Don’t attach decorations to lights or heaters as they can burn easily
  • Always look when you cook and never leave cooking unattended
  • Never overload your plug sockets and always switch Christmas lights off before you go to bed

Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction, said: “We want to ensure that people stay safe during the festive period and enjoy themselves. The tips featured in the Christmas card may seem like common sense but people can put themselves at risk by decorations or Christmas lights coming into contact with heaters and by leaving cooking unattended if they become distracted. These are the most common causes of fires during the Christmas period.

“More than half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents so I would urge people never to cook while drinking alcohol. By following these simple steps, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and have a happy Christmas and a healthy new year.”

He added that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offered all residents in the county a free Home Fire Risk Check which involves a member of staff visiting their home to help identify any potential fire risks and install free smoke alarms where needed.

To book a free check, visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website or call 0800 0241 999 to arrange a suitable time and date. Both male and female personnel carry out Home Fire Risk Checks so if you have a personal preference this can be requested when making an appointment.