Tips to prevent fires over Christmas

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Firefighters have offered a number of tips to help keep people safe over Christmas.

According to national statistics, there were more accidental fires in the home in December last year than in any other month. Deputy community fire and safety manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service Karl Turrill said: “Christmas is an exciting time for many, but with all the excitement and distractions, it’s quite easy to forget that accidents can happen.

“The festivities often bring more fire risks into the home including candles, tree lights and cooking. The added influence of alcohol means that it is even more important to stay alert.

“Fires start when people become distracted, so please don’t leave cooking and candles unattended. It’s a good idea to check to turn off your tree lights when you are out or have gone to bed, and make sure your smoke alarm works.”

Among the tips for staying safe are:

○ Test your smoke alarm.

○ Have an escape plan.

○ Check your Christmas tree lights.

○ Don’t overload sockets.

○ Never leave cooking unattended.

○ Take care with candles.

○ Test someone else’s smoke alarm.

For more tips on how to stay safe visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr.