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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Don't Cook Up Christmas Heartache

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is keen for people to avoid certain traditions this Festive season.

Statistics show more accidental house fires happen in December than at any other time of the year and more fires start in the kitchen than in any other room of the house.

"There are certain traditions associated with this time of year we want to avoid, namely an increase in accidental house fires."

Ian Sloss, Head of Risk Reduction

So with this in mind people are being urged to take extra care with their celebrations, particularly when cooking the turkey dinner, as the chaos of Christmas Day can cause people to get distracted.

Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss said: "There are certain traditions associated with this time of year we want to avoid, namely an increase in accidental house fires. Our firefighters really don’t want to be visiting these on Christmas Day!

"Christmas Day can be quite chaotic, particularly when there are children around, so it's easy to get distracted while trying to make the dinner.

"Whoever is responsible for making the dinner should ensure they don’t leave the cooking unattended - if necessary they should close the kitchen door to avoid getting distracted by the TV or children showing off their new toys.

 "Candles are also a notorious fire hazard on Christmas Day as they are often used to decorate the dining table and are forgotten about once the dinner has been eaten.

"Ensure the candles are put out completely before you leave the room as they can quickly catch fire to tablecloth or used crackers."