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Christmas Safety Advice from Fire Service in North Yorkshire

Christmas Safety Advice from Fire Service in North Yorkshire

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 21st December 2019.

As we enter the Christmas holiday period, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has issued some safety advice. 

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Kills campaign are urging people to think about fire safety

  • They say the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant  
  • Christmas lights, candles, decorations and cooking can cause problems 
  • People are also being reminded to test their smoke alarms 

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Kills campaign has issued some safety tips for the festive season. 

The fire service says the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant. 

As well as a list of tips, it's sharing a video highlighting how quickly Christmas tress can catch fire: 

 
Here's a full list of the fire service's safety tips:

  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed on all levels of your home. Test your smoke alarms regularly and never remove batteries.
  • Never leave cooking unattended. Always turn off kitchen appliances when you have finished cooking and ensure tea towels and oven gloves aren't left on the hob. 
  • Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep candles out of the reach of children, and away from decorations, cards and wrapping paper.
  • Put your cigarette out, right out.
  •  Never use heaters to dry clothes. Keep them well away from curtains, clothing, furniture and Christmas decorations and cards.
  • Don't overload sockets. Ensure only one plug per socket.  Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except those that are designed to be left on, like freezers.
  • Ensure you switch off Christmas tree 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.
  • Always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment. This safety device can save lives by instantly switching off the power if there is a fault and can be found in any DIY store.
  • Test the smoke alarms of someone you know who may need help such as an older relative or neighbour to ensure their safety as they are at greater risk from fire.
  • 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

 

 

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