Enjoy the festive season safely
As you wrap your presents and tuck into your mince pies, please remember to take extra care and think about fire safety in the home during this festive period.
Whilst fire safety is important throughout the year, Fire Kills statistics show that an accidental fire in the home in England is more likely to happen in December than any other month. With this in mind, we encourage everyone to be extra vigilant and take a few simple actions, such as turning off fairy lights and not overloading plug sockets, which will help keep you and your loved ones safe this Christmas.
Working smoke alarms are also vital as they can provide you with the time you may need to escape in the event of a fire. Everyone should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home and test them on a regular basis, and also consider fitting carbon monoxide detectors. This is more important than ever at Christmas with relatives and friends staying over and increased activity in the kitchen. It's also a good idea to have an escape plan to get out of the house in the event of a fire and don't forget to make any guests staying with you aware of this plan.
As temperatures plummet, our roads can become quite treacherous and as a result we often attend a number of serious road traffic collisions so please take extra care when driving to ensure that you arrive safely at your destination.
Further advice on fire safety can be found on our website and on our Twitter feed @HWFire.
On behalf of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, I would like to wish everyone in the two counties and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Chief Fire Officer