Countdown to a safe Christmas

The countdown to a safe and happy Christmas continues with Cleveland Fire Brigade reminding everyone to take care this festive season.

It comes as figures show that extra hazards in the home during festivities can trigger fires.

Over the last four years there have been 57 accidental household fires during the month of December. Of these, 19 were in Middlesbrough, 16 in Redcar and Cleveland, 15 in Stockton and seven in Hartlepool.

The top three causes are cooking, electrical and radiated heat with a build-up of grease in the oven, clothes left too close to heaters, faulty tree lights, tinsel above open fires and candles next to curtains all on the danger list.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Christmas is the time of year when we all have to take extra care and make sure it doesn’t end up in flames like it has in these incidents.

“Simple steps such as not overloading sockets, keeping candles away from flammable material and being sensible with the decorations are just some of the ways to stay safe and celebrate. Christmas is a magical time and we want to keep it that way.”

The Brigade recently launched the “Twelve Dangers of Christmas” campaign, a festive safety twist on the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, to make people aware of the seasonal hazards in the home.

It came with the release of national Fire Kills campaign video showing a Christmas tree catching fire and engulfing a living room in a shocking 46 seconds.

The video is available at: