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Christmas Safety Message

23rd December 2010

With the Christmas period upon us, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) are urging people to stay fire safe throughout the festive season.

At this time of year homes are often decorated with lights, decorations and candles. With appropriate care and attention, decorations and lights are safe to use.  

Station Manager Simon Meynell said: “Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends, so it’s also a time to take extra care. Some of the main causes of fire in the home at this time of year are candles left unattended and Christmas tree lights left on for long periods, very often overnight.”

Statistics show that people are 50% more likely to die in an accidental home fire during the Christmas period than at any other time of the year. Households can take some simple steps for a safe Christmas:

  • Turn Christmas tree lights off at night. Unplug them from the socket remove the risk of a fire starting.
  • Don’t leave candles unattended. Keep them away from children.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each floor level of your home. Don’t take the batteries out to power Christmas toys.
  • Extinguish cigarettes before going to bed.
  • Get out alive.  Plan an escape route and make sure your family knows how to get out in the event of fire.

Simon Meynell continued: “We want people to have a safe Christmas and New Year period and offer FREE Home Fire Safety Checks to identify potential fire risks and advise what to do to reduce or prevent a fire starting in your home. We also fit smoke alarms as part of this service, especially for elderly and vulnerable members of the community. If you have been putting it off this year, make it your New Years resolution to get in touch with us.”

To book a Home Fire Safety Visit  call our Fire Safety Advice Line on 01609 788545, visit our website or contact your local fire station.

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