Festive fire safety advice from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:00 29 November 2016
Members of the Community Safety Partnership, including Welwyn Hatfield Council and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, are offering residents advice on keeping their homes safe over Christmas.
While fire safety is important throughout the year, the Christmas season poses added risks from candles, fairy lights and open fires.
Safety tips from the Fire Kills campaign include:
* Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed on all levels of your home. A working alarm can give you the vital time needed to escape in a fire. Test your smoke alarms regularly and never remove batteries.
* Never leave cooking unattended. The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this is a high risk area. Many of us enjoy a merry tipple over the festive season but be sure to avoid cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol. Always turn off kitchen appliances when you have finished cooking.
* Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep candles out of the reach of children, and away from decorations, cards and wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters.
* Ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed, or leave the house. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598) and are in good working order before use.
* Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire – in the event of fire you should get out, stay out and call 999.
Officers from the Fire and Rescue Service will be offering fire safety advice at the Community Safety Partnership’s Safer Together event at Gracemead House, Woods Avenue, Hatfield on Thursday, December 1 from 2pm to 4pm.
Councillor Roger Trigg, executive member for community safety at the borough council, said: “I urge everyone to take extra care this winter to ensure that the whole family has an enjoyable and safe Christmas.
“There will be a whole host of winter safety information at the Safer Together Event so I encourage the people of Hatfield to attend, it could just save a life.”
Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety at Herts County Council, said: “We want everyone to have a lovely Christmas.
“However, experience has shown us that decorating the house with Christmas trees, lights and candles can create possible dangers and fire hazards. We don’t want to be killjoys but we do want people to be careful.
“Most importantly, make sure you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them monthly.
“A working smoke alarm can give you the extra time you need to escape if the worst should happen.”
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