Tinsel, fairly lights, candles? Make fire prevention top of your Christmas to do list

Cornwall Fire Rescue and Community Safety Service are asking people to take extra care over the festive season to ensure that their families and loved ones are protected from fire.

While fire safety is vital throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant during the festive season.

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Paula Wellings, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Casualty Reduction Manager, said: “Christmas is a time for festive cheer with family and friends. But fairy lights, candles and decorations mean it is also a time to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe from fire”

“To ensure you have the merriest of Christmases, keep fire safety at the top of your list. Make sure candles are in suitable holders and away from curtains, never leave cooking unattended and, of course, test your smoke alarms.

“The colder weather brings its own menaces too.  Take care when using portable heaters or open fires to keep warm.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: “We want everyone in Cornwall to enjoy the festive period but it can be a time where safety is not at the forefront of our minds and it’s easy to get carried away.

“There are a number of quick and simple things we can all do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe such as regularly testing our smoke alarms and being vigilant when cooking up Christmas treats”

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service wish everyone in Cornwall a very happy and safe Christmas with some festive safety videos. These will be posted on Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Facebook page throughout December to remind people of the importance of fire safety at Christmas.

You can also view a number of other festive safety tips on Cornwall Council’s website 

 Posted 18 December 2018