On average North Wales Fire and Rescue Service attends between
one to two fires within the home every day - but over the Christmas
and the New Year period this rises to up to 5 fires in a
In December 2011, 47% of house fires started with a cooking
appliance, contributing to over 80% of injuries during the month -
these appliances included electric rings or hotplates, ovens and
A further 36% of house fires were started by smoking related
materials, other domestic appliances, matches & candles, and
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stay
safe and protect their homes from fire by following twelve tips for
festive fire safety:
1. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British
Standard. Always use an RCD on outdoor electrical equipment (safety
device that can save lives by instantly switching off the
2. Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings.
Don't leave them burning unattended.
3. Make sure your family and visitors staying for the festive
period know what to do in an emergency. Practice a fire escape
4. Decorations can burn easily - Don't attach them to lights or
5. Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, unless they're
designed to stay on. Take special care with Christmas lights.
Always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before you go to bed.
Christmas is a time when we use more electrical items such as
lights and decorations as well games etc - don't overload sockets
and plugs but use correctly fused multi gang safety leads. Please
use the amp calculator here
6. Celebrate Christmas and New Year safely. The risk of accidents,
especially in the kitchen, is greater after alcohol is
7.Most fires start in the kitchen - never leave cooking
8. If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a
metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework
and keep a bucket of water nearby.
9. Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished.
10. Check the battery in your smoke alarm every week and use
Christmas as a reminder to clean it and remove dust.
11. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of
12. Take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this
Christmas - make sure they are fire safe.
Click here to
view our 'celebrate safely' booklet.
Click here for more Christmas safety advice.
Student Safety Campaign
Staff from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are working with
both University and College students to keep them as safe as
possible from fire.
As well as visiting the 'freshers' events at locations across
North Wales, local firefighters will be visiting halls of residence
and visiting privately rented student accommodation to offer free
home fire safety checks.
Click here to
access advice and information for students and here to have a go at
our ampage calculator to ensure you're not overloading those
If you're a student and you want to register for a free home
fire safety check, click
'We don't want to come dine with you - Think Safe,
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is currently running
the 'We Don't want to come dine with you - Think Safe, Cook Safe!'
campaign to help drive down the number of cooking related fires in
the North Gwynedd and educate local residents about the importance
of cooking safely.
Cooking is the cause of over half of all accidental fires
in North Wales - this new campaign highlights the dangers of
getting distracted whilst you are preparing food and the risks
involved with leaving your cooking unattended. Forgetting to turn
off the hob, leaving food in the microwave for too long,
overheating a chip pan, burning the toast, leaving the oven on -
all of these can spell disaster in the kitchen and can lead to
serious injury or, even more worryingly, the loss of life.
That's why firefighters will be out and about over the
next few months talking to shoppers in North Gwynedd about how to
stay safe in the kitchen and providing free kitchen timers to
encourage people to think safe when they are cooking and to
remember to time their cooking correctly.
We will be visiting the following locations on the dates
Friday 18th Oct - Morrissons Caernarfon
Friday 15th Nov - Asda Bangor
Friday Nov 22nd - Tesco Caernarfon
Thursday 28th - Tesco Bangor
Friday 6th Dec - Asda Pwllheli
An online cooking quiz publicised through beermats and posters
distributed to pubs and bingo halls throughout North Gwynedd will
also help those who can't make it to the supermarket visits learn
about safety in the kitchen and be in with the chance of winning
£100 in supermarket vouchers - please
click here to access the quiz.
For more information on the campaign click here.