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Christmas safety message from Chief Fire Officer

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Christmas safety message  from Chief Fire Officer

As the Christmas holiday nears and celebrations take place across the two counties, we would like to remind everyone to take extra care and enjoy the festivities safely.

Although it is a time to celebrate and spend time with family, it is also statistically a time that an accidental fire in the home is more likely to occur. With this in mind, we encourage everyone to be extra cautious and follow simple fire safety advice, such as not overloading plug sockets and turning off Christmas tree lights. With relatives staying over, it is also a good time to check your smoke alarms are working properly and ensure that everyone in the house knows how to escape in the event of an emergency. Everyone should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home and should also consider fitting carbon monoxide detectors.

With wet weather and low temperatures likely, we also ask that drivers take extra care on the roads as they can be particularly treacherous at this time of year and we often attend a number of road traffic collisions as a result of this. We ask that you take your time, check weather updates before you set off and ensure that your vehicle is winter ready.

As always, our staff will be maintaining their 24-hour watch throughout the holiday period to ensure the two counties are kept safe. On behalf of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Further advice on fire safety can be found on our website at www.hwfire.org.uk