Fire service urges Borderers to stay safe this Christmas

Don’t let your Christmas sparkle turn to charcoal - that’s the message from Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service this December.

There were 20 casualties as a direct result of fires in homes across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders over the festive period last year (between December 15 and January 2).

And now Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service (LBFRS) is urging residents to follow their safety advise to ensure a safe festive period.

Community Safety manager David Lockhart said: “Ensure your smoke detectors are working – check them every week, they could save your life.

“Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard and switch them off overnight or when you are out. Ensure decorations are clear of lights, candles and fires – that includes cards on fireplaces!”

He added: “We want people to enjoy their Christmas, but with everyone in the party spirit they must remember to stay safe by taking extra care if smoking indoors and not drinking too much as accidents are much more likely when under the influence of alcohol.

“Also, when cooking all those tasty Christmas meals, never leave cooking unattended – fires can start and get out of control frighteningly quickly.”

To book a Free Home Safety Visit call 0800 169 0320 or for more fire safety advice visit www.lbfire.org.uk.