Have a Safe, Healthy and Happy Christmas #HereForYou
There is no doubt that Christmas is going to be a little different this year and as we all prepare for the likelihood that we will be spending more time at home this festive season, it’s even more important that we remind ourselves, and each other, of some basic safety advice to ensure we celebrate safely.
As restrictions mean that we are likely to be dining in more than eating out this Christmas it is also important that we remain vigilant while cooking, as unfortunately the majority of kitchen fires result from being distracted, with falling asleep being a close second. Add a few festive drinks into the mix and this could be a recipe for disaster, not only will your kitchen become smoke logged or damage your property, it could also cause serious damage, injury or harm. If you’re not concentrating, then cooking even the simplest meal can cause a fire – so when you’re doing a turkey with all the trimmings, it’s even more important to keep alert. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re cooking a big meal – it only takes a few seconds for a fire to start.
Head of Community Safety and Risk Reduction, Group Manager Dean Loader said: “Fires are devastating at any time of year but this is heightened even more over the festive season.
From candles, Christmas lights, overloaded plug sockets, cooking left unattended, we want you to be safe and take steps to prevent fires from occurring and spoiling the holiday. So make sure you have a look at our safety tips, make sure you have a working smoke alarm and check it regularly, have an escape plan and be aware of some of the potential fire hazards. From everyone at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service please stay safe and look after one another. Merry Christmas all.”
Fires can quickly spread and become out of control, leading to devastating consequences. In the last three years, one in three accidental house fires during the festive period were caused by unattended cooking.
Did you know unattended cooking is one of the biggest causes of house fires in South Wales? We don’t want your celebrations to end in tragedy because of the extra hazards that are present at this time of year.
Here are some tips from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to help keep safe this festive season:
Cooking a festive feast?
When you’re decking the halls make sure you…
If you’re out and about doing some last-minute Christmas shopping or safely dropping off presents for your friends and family please take extra care when driving in wintery conditions…
Stay safe whilst shopping online…
Over the festive season, almost half of all fires attended by our crews started from rubbish…
We also urge you all to continue to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the festive period to ensure that you are keeping yourself, your family, your neighbours and the emergency services safe during this time. For more information and safety messages please go to our website www.southwales-fire.gov.uk or follow us on our social media channels Twitter / Facebook / Instagram or why not download our Home Safety booklet.