Put fire safety on the top of your Christmas list

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Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is asking residents to put fire safety at the top of their Christmas list and follow the 12 Christmas fire safety tips.

For many people, the Christmas period is an opportunity to spend more time at home, use decorative lights and candles, cook festive treats and have a few drinks. All of which can increase the risk of having a fire in the home.

In a bid to avoid incidents, the Fire and Rescue Service has published 12 safety tips on its website.

Moreno Francioso, Community Fire Prevention Manager said: “We are all busy over the festive period and with the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, fire safety is often the last thing on our minds.

“But in reality, the start of festive celebrations, bring a whole cocktail of fire risks into the home, from the distractions of a crowded house while cooking, to the potential dangers of overloaded plug sockets, flammable decorations and unattended candles.

“I would recommend people to look at our website for helpful tips on how to stay safe this Christmas.”

The 12 safety tips:

1) Unplug fairy lights before bed.

2) Don’t put candles near the tree.

3) Tell overnight guests what to do in the event of an emergency.

4) Don’t attach decorations to lights or heaters.

5) Avoid overloading electrical sockets.

6) Moderate your alcohol intake.

7) Never leave the cooker unattended.

8) Check on elderly relatives.

9) Make sure cigarettes are extinguished before going to bed.

10) Check the smoke alarm.

11) Keep candles away from children.

12) Store fireworks in a metal box.

For more information, go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/christmassafetytips