Welcome from the Chief Fire Officer
Switch on to home safety this Christmas
Christmas and New Year is a time to relax and enjoy being at home with family and friends - but it’s also a time when extra vigilance is vital to prevent against a fire.
Our experience as a fire and rescue service is that we can be called out to almost three times as many house fires over the festive period.
Everyone likes to enjoy themselves over the holidays – but we're just asking people to keep safety in mind while celebrating.
A fire in the home would not only ruin family festivities – it could easily devastate your property, result in the loss of Christmas gifts and valuables, and even worse, cause serious injury or threaten the lives of you and your loved ones.
It’s so important that people don’t overload their electrics or leave their lights on when going out or heading to bed – the last thing anyone wants is that you have to call for our services and assistance over Christmas.
Like many, you probably have a variety of electrical devices on your Christmas list this year – but please be conscious of overloading. Don’t charge items overnight and use chargers from a reputable source rather than cheap aftermarket chargers.
Just last month a fire involving a mobile phone at a property in Morfa Bychan demonstrated how quickly fires can spread. The cause of the fire was established as an overheated battery in a mobile phone, which resulted in the bedroom being completely destroyed by fire and smoke and severe smoke damage to the rest of the first floor. There was also smoke damage to the ground floor of the property.
We all need to consider the possible consequences of our actions. Celebrate safely and be mindful of the dangers of cooking whilst having a drink – time and time again we witness how alcohol and cooking simply do not mix safely.
Visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/northwalesfireservice to take part in our Christmas competition and help us spread the word on festive safety.Read more
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