Fire and Rescue Service across the Midlands are warning people that simple steps can avoid tragedy at Christmas.
Here are some tips from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service:
Check your Christmas lights correspond to British standards
Never put candles near to the tree
Make a fire escape plan should the worst happen
Don't attach decorations to lights or heaters
Don't overload sockets and switch off lights before bed
Don't leave cooking unattended, even in the middle of Christmas Day
Keep candles out of reach of children
- Check elderly friends and neighbours are safe and well
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service want people to adopt a habit of testing their smoke alarms once a week, as a New Year Resolution.