Residents Urged To Stay Safe From Fires Over Christmas

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Residents Urged To Stay Safe From Fires Over Christmas

People in Sefton are urged to have a safe Christmas by following firefighters’ advice to prevent fires in the home.

Figures show that accidental house fires increase in December, with traditions such as cooking Christmas dinner, putting up Christmas decorations and drinking alcohol posing a greater risk of fire.

There were 21 accidental fires in the home in Sefton in December, 2012. Of those, 13 started in the kitchen, two involved candles and three were caused by smoking materials.

Across Merseyside there were 117 accidental fires in the home in December 2012 and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is offering safety advice this Christmas as part of the National Fire Kills campaign

As most fires start in the kitchen, people are urged to take care when cooking and not to leave food cooking on the hob unattended. People are advised not cook while under the influence of alcohol.

Christmas decorations and stray wrapping paper can fuel a fire. Decorations burn easily and should never be attached to lights or heaters.

Candles should be put out when leaving the room and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets. Christmas tree lights should always be switched off when going to bed

Remember to also check on elderly relatives and vulnerable neighbours over Christmas as they are at greater risk from fire

MF&RS Group Manager, Rob Pritchard, Sefton District Manager, said: “Over the Christmas as celebrations get underway there are greater risks of fire as people forget about fire safety in the home

“We want people to make sure they stay safe and enjoy Christmas this year by following our simple fire safety messages.

“People are advised to have a working smoke alarm fitted on each level of their home and to test it every week.”

For free fire safety advice call 0800 731 5958.

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