Service gives out warnings of danger in festive period

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People have been warned of the dangers of fire over the festive period.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to put fire safety at the top of Christmas lists. It is part of a campaign called Fire Kills launched by the service.

Fire statistics show that in December 20 people a day are either killed or injured in accidental fires in the home in England.

In December 2013, there were around 2,700 accidental fires in the home in England – more than any other month of the year.

While fire safety is important throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas including wrapping, presents, dinner and decorating homes, make it especially important to be vigilant during the festive season.

The service’s community protection manager, Baz Fox, said: “Christmas is a time for festive cheer with family and friends, but fairy lights, candles and decorations can pose a fire risk if we don’t use them safely and we should all plan to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe from fire.”

The Fire Kills campaign has seen a number of pieces advice handed to residents. These includes ensuring that smoke alarms are working properly and never leaving cooking unattended.

The service urges people to ensure only one plug per socket and always turn off the plugs when they are not in use. Fairy lights should also be turned off before going to bed or leaving the house.