Video stars help to promote fire safety

Winners - Coast and Country Grangetown Office

Winners – Coast and Country Grangetown Office

A 12-year-old girl and a group of housing staff are playing their part to try and make sure that people across Cleveland stay safe in their homes this Christmas.

As part of Cleveland Fire Brigade’s ‘Stay Safe This Christmas’ campaign, people were urged to submit a short video of themselves singing the 12 days of Christmas but with a fire safety theme.

Firefighters even posted their own video online to encourage others to follow suit.

Two winning entries were selected by fire chiefs and will now be used online to help get across key fire safety messages to the people of Cleveland. The winners were staff at Coast and Country’s Grangetown office and 12-year-old Amy Todd-Davis who lives in Hartlepool.

Phil Lancaster, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Director of Community Protection, said: “We are always looking at different ways to engage the community to help spread key safety messages and we are really impressed with the winning entrants.

“Since we launched the campaign, over 15,000 people have viewed our online safety messages and hopefully this will increase now that we have added the winning videos. I would like to congratulate both winners and they will receive a prize for their efforts.”

Statistics show that December has the highest number of accidental house fires with 160 in Cleveland alone last year.

Phil Lancaster added: “Christmas should be a time for festive cheer with family and friends but unfortunately every year people are injured and killed and this can be avoided by following a few simple safety tips.

“There are extra potential hazards in the home such as candles and Christmas lights and it’s the time of year when people spend a lot of time cooking which poses other threats.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s top six messages to ‘Stay Safe This Christmas’ are:

  • Keep your cooker clean – burnt food and fat can cause fires.
  • Stand by your pan – never leave cooking unattended.
  • Don’t drink and fry – if you have a festive drink don’t cook – order a takeaway or eat cold food instead.
  • Be a bright spark – turn off electrical equipment when going out or to bed, including your festive lights.
  • Maintain electrical appliances – a few simple checks could save your life.
  • Don’t hang clothes near heaters or cookers – they can easily catch fire.

Phil Lancaster added: “Over the next few weeks we will have a high profile and in communites providing advice such as keeping 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.”

To view the winning videos, visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/christmasvideos

For further information on how to stay safe at home during the festive season, visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/celebrate