Cleveland Fire Brigade is asking people to get in the Christmas spirit and put together their own version of the song, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ but with a fire safety theme and send in their videos singing it.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection spoke about the competition the Brigade is offering to schools, families, youth groups, individuals – in fact anyone who wants to take up the challenge, “With the festive season creeping upon us all, and the plans for Christmas shopping, organising parties and having fun with family and friends is at the forefront of people’s minds, we wanted a fun way for people to remember how to ‘Stay Safe & Celebrate’ this year.
“We are looking for people to send in their videos of them singing the 12 days of Christmas but with a fire safety theme. For example, ‘On the first day of Christmas Cleveland Fire Brigade said to me… then add a fire safety tip!
“To get ideas people can visit our webpage at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/celebrate where they can see our interactive house which will gives detailed safety tips and advice as well as safety videos to view.
“People can send in their entries by loading their videos to youtube and pasting the link into the entry form which can be found at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/christmasvideo
“The competition is open to anyone and we are offering up to £500 worth of prizes. Prizes include restaurant vouchers, cinema tickets, bowling tickets and lots, lots more. The deadline for entries is Monday 15 December 2014.
“We want people to have fun with this competition but at the same time we hope they will learn some valuable safety tips to help keep them and their families safe from fire. The Brigade have attended 160 accidental house fires so far this year with the main causes being cooking and electrical and we don’t want that to rise.
“Our Christmas campaign is one of the main ones for us so we will be out in the community over the next six weeks offering people advice such as keep your cooker clean, never leave pans unattended and turn off all electrical equipment when not in use- including Christmas lights. We want people to remember Christmas 2014 for all the right reasons and not because they ended up in Accident & Emergency or lost a loved one through a tragic accident that could have been avoided.”