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Winter fire safety

Winter fire safety

Keeping you and your family safe is the best way to enjoy the festive period. Prevention Manager Karina Gonzalez from Halifax Fire Station says that being alert can prevent accidental fires: “Winter is a wonderful time of year for many of us, but it’s easy to get distracted amongst all the celebrations.

“Try not to reach for the sherry whilst prepping your Christmas dinner, it’s important not to drink alcohol whilst cooking and it shouldn’t be left unattended.

“As the nights get darker many people use candles to make their homes feel cosy, just remember to keep them away from flammable materials and put them out before leaving the room. The same goes for portable heaters too, they should be kept away from fabric and that includes not drying clothes on them.”

Karina says: “Fairy lights can transform your home at Christmas but be careful to check the fuses are the right type, and if bulbs blow they replace them immediately. Extension leads are one of my biggest worries around Christmas, it’s easy to get carried away and fill them with lots of twinkly fairy lights, but overloaded sockets can quickly overheat and lead to serious fires.

“The main thing to remember is to turn all of your electrics off on a night. Make it a habit to blow out your candles and turn off the lights before tucking into bed. Take proper care and have a safe and merry Christmas!”

 Charles Fagg, a Together Housing tenant, says you should be aware of exits for the safety of you and other tenants: “I make sure my corridors and doorways are always clear, so that I can have a safe and easy exit in an emergency. You shouldn’t leave clutter or pushchairs in hallways as they’re a big fire hazard.”

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