Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Stay safe at Christmas, despite the distractions

Stay Safe at ChristmasWith festive decorations, present wrapping and Christmas dinner to contend with, local people are being reminded not to let fire safety take a back seat during December.

With festive decorations, present wrapping and Christmas dinner to contend with, local people are being reminded not to let fire safety take a back seat during December.

Many people are unaware of the potential fire hazards and toxic threats that can lurk in fairy lights, candles and flammable Christmas decorations and national statistics show that December is the worst month of the year for accidental fires in the home, with 20 people a day either killed or injured across the country.

Although fire safety is important at every time of year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant during the festive season.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "Nobody means to have an accident but, sometimes, our excitement gets the better of us. Without meaning to, we can forget our own safety without realising it. Be happy and have fun, but please just have a mind to the messages we're issuing while you do."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Christmas can be a busy time for many people, but it can be a busy time for fire crews as well. We want to make sure that local people do everything they can to stay safe and have a very happy Christmas."

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is offering the following advice:

Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all levels of your home. Test your alarms weekly and never remove batteries to power presents.

ENDS

Issued by:Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425226

Notes to Editors:

For more information on fire safety in the home, go to www.glosfire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills or call 0800 180 41 40 to arrange a visit.

If you know an older or vulnerable person who hasn't got a smoke alarm and may be at risk from fire, call 0800 180 41 40 to book a visit from a community safety adviser.

13th December 2013