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A Christmas safety message from the Chief Fire Officer

It’s been a year like no other for all of us and our Christmas celebrations are also not going to be anything like the sort we normally enjoy.

As usual, however, there will be memorable moments created and a chance to enjoy some time and relaxation with our nearest and dearest.

But in amongst all the changes we have to make to our usual routines, one thing remains the same and that’s the need to remember to take extra care and think about fire safety in our homes at this special time. Simple things such as not leaving candles and cooking unattended and turning off Christmas lights can make the difference between enjoying a memorable festive time and suffering a devastating house fire.

Statistics show that an accidental fire in the home is more likely to happen in December than in any other month and so if the worst were to happen, it’s worth remembering that smoke alarms can buy you vital time to escape. Please consider fitting one on every level of your home.

Giving some thought to having an escape plan in the event of fire could save your life and so it’s worth making sure that all of your house guests are made aware of yours.

There is plenty more good advice on fire safety in the home on our website so please check it out.

As always, our crews and fire control staff will maintain their around-the-clock cover across our two counties to help to keep you safe during this festive time.

So on behalf of everyone at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas in the hope that 2021 will be a more normal year for us all.