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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Don't fall foul of a festive fire

16/12/2015

Revellers enjoying Christmas parties can avoid falling foul of a fire this festive season by following top tips on safety.

"We understand that people want to enjoy a few drinks over the holiday but I would strongly urge them to avoid drinking alcohol before cooking. It’s very easy to become distracted when you have a house full of family and friends over so you need to have your wits about you. If you are going to a Christmas party and think you might want to eat when you get back, order a takeaway or prepare a sandwich before you go out so you won’t be tempted to try to cook. If the worst should happen, get out, stay out and dial 999."

Jim Bywater - Head of Risk Reduction

Statistics show that most accidental house fires start in the kitchen. In December 2014 there were 13 kitchen fires across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and 203 kitchen fires throughout the whole year.

Many of these incidents resulted from people becoming distracted and leaving food unattended while on the hob or in the oven.

The Service is urging people to avoid cooking when they return home after a night out and to avoid drinking alcohol prior to cooking their festive feast on Christmas day.

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater said: "We want everyone to have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and for celebrations not to turn into festive tragedies. Statistics show that most fires start in the kitchen so it is vital that people are aware of the potential risks and take steps to avoid a blaze breaking out in their home.

"We understand that people want to enjoy a few drinks over the holiday but I would strongly urge them to avoid drinking alcohol before cooking. It’s very easy to become distracted when you have a house full of family and friends over so you need to have your wits about you. If you are going to a Christmas party and think you might want to eat when you get back, order a takeaway or prepare a sandwich before you go out so you won’t be tempted to try to cook. If the worst should happen, get out, stay out and dial 999."