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Tips on Staying Safe & Well this Christmas

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but traditions around Christmas can result in it being a more hazardous time of the year with regards to fire safety.

Over the festive period many of us host parties and meals which mean we’re cooking more and probably drinking more too; our homes are filled with trees and decorations which are often flammable; and we might use candles to create a special atmosphere. All these things, and the added fun and social interaction with our families and friends means that the risks of a fire happening may increase slightly – we don’t want you to worry about this, we just want to remind you to be extra careful.

So, in the lead up to Christmas Day we’ll be sharing a safety message each day!

Cold Weather

Another potential risk associated with December is the colder weather. In the winter months, you may begin to use additional or alternative heating sources in a bid to stay warm as the temperature drops. If you’re using electrical sources to keep warm this winter, then you can find all of the safety information here: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/advice-for-you/winter-tips

Christmas Safety

  • Don’t cook if you have been drinking and never leave cooking unattended.

  • Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch alight easily.

  • Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Never leave lit candles unattended.

  • Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.

  • Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.

  • Take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are potentially at greater risk from fire.

  • Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.

  • Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.

  • Road Safety

With the weather usually worsening over the Christmas period, it’s important to be extra careful when out on the roads.

Is your car winter ready? Follow the RAC’s top tips here: www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/how-to/preparing-your-car-for-winter

There’s also an increased number of people out celebrating & under the influence of alcohol over Christmas.

If you’re intending to drive, please make sure you are refreshed & if you’re already on the road & get tired – take a break! Don’t speed and don’t drive after drinking, or with a hangover.

If you’re heading out and you’re going to have a drink, leave your car at home. It’s not worth taking the chance.

Merry Christmas from everybody here at West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.


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