Have A Safe Christmas

Tips from Midlands' local authorities and support services on having a safe and happy Christmas.

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Avoid a fire during the Christmas festivities

Never overload sockets at Christmas Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

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.

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