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Newcastle Residents Urged To Be Safe

Newcastle residents are being urged not to let Christmas cheer become Festive fear following a series of house fires in the town.

Concern is growing for public safety after Area Commander Rebecca Bryant revealed there has been 24 accidental dwelling fires in Newcastle since April 1st.

Statistics reveal most accidental house fires happen in December people are being advised to be pro-active regarding fire safety in their homes.

"Of the 24 accidental house fires, ten properties did not have a working smoke alarm" said Rebecca.

"In terms of causes, seven were cooking related and 12 were due to electrical faults, problems with fuel supply or negligent use of equipment."

With this in mind Rebecca is appealing for people to contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and arrange a free Home Fire Risk Check.

"The best Christmas present people can give their loved ones is to make sure they are kept safe," she said.

"We supply and fit smoke detectors and other safety equipment free of charge."

People are encouraged to contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 0241 999 to book their free Home Fire Risk Check.