June 18, 2024

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Put fire safety at the top of your Christmas list this year

Christmas lights

There’s so much to think about at Christmas from decorating our homes to preparing Christmas meals. But one thing Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the national Fire Kills campaign are urging residents to do, is put fire safety top of their Christmas lists this year.

Fire safety is vital throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant. This is why Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to take extra care over the festive season to ensure that their families and loved ones are protected from fire.

Station Manager Glen Beale, Prevention Lead says: “Christmas can be the time for relaxing, spending time with family and friends and maybe even overindulging. But fairy lights, candles, decorations and cooking mean it is also a time to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe from fire.”

To ensure you have the happiest of Christmases, keep these simple fire safety tips at the top of your list:

  • Don’t overload electrical sockets with Christmas lights
  • Don’t charge electrical items overnight
  • Try and make the switch to LED candlelight instead of naked flames
  • If you do use candles, place them in suitable holders and away from Christmas cards, decorations, or anything flammable
  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Test your smoke alarms

Glen added: “The colder weather brings its own dangers too.  Take care when using portable heaters or open fires to keep warm and remember never to dry your clothes directly next to these heat sources.”

From everyone at Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.

For further information check out Fire Safety – Cornwall Council or contact prevention@fire.cornwall.gov.uk 

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