Christmas is almost here! The turkey needs cooking, the mulled wine needs warming. There is a lot to think about and it’s easy to get distracted, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service want you to celebrate Christmas safely this year.
Although it's important all year round, the extra distractions at Christmas make it vital to be vigilant during the festive season. More than half of accidental fires during the Christmas period are started in the kitchen making this a high risk area.
There are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen:
Plan your escape route
Make sure your family and visitors staying for the festive period know what to do in an emergency.Make a fire escape plan and check everyone knows it.
Should a fire break out your family and friends need to be aware of the danger of toxic smoke, most people vastly underestimate it’s deadly strength. They overestimate how long they have to escape should a fire break out. The reality is that just two to three breaths of smoke in a fire can render a person unconscious.
Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all levels of your home. Test your smoke alarmson a regular basis and never remove batteries to power presents! This Christmas clean your smoke alarms so all your family and friends are safe.
Make the call to request free Home Safety advice call free on: now 0800 05 02 999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website www.dsfire.gov.uk
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