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Fire Safety Campaign In St Helens

Fire Safety Campaign In St Helens


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has launched a campaign to help St Helens residents prevent fires in their homes over Christmas.

Through the Fire Safe At Christmas Campaign, MF&RS is urging people not to allow their home to become a death trap over the festive period.

Helena Homes has backed the campaign and will be helping to spread the safety messages.

Accidental fires in the home historically increase in December. As celebrations get underway, cooking Christmas dinner, putting up Christmas decorations and drinking alcohol can pose extra risks of fire.

In Merseyside there have been 3,081 accidental fires in the home since April 2010. Of those, 338 people were injured and 12 people died.

As most fires start in the kitchen, people are urged to take care when cooking, not to leave food cooking unattended and not to cook while under the influence of alcohol.

Christmas decorations can burn easily and should not be attached to lights or heaters. Flammable decorations and stray wrapping paper can all act as fuel.

Candles, lighters and matches should also be kept out of the reach of children and candles should not be left unattended. Residents are advised to check Christmas tree lights and to switch them off before going to bed.

People are also urged to take time to check on elderly relatives and vulnerable neighbours over Christmas as they are at greater risk from fire.

Campaign leaflets and fire safety messages are being delivered to the community by firefighters and MF&RS advocates.

MF&RS Group Manager, Chris Case, who is St Helens District Manager, said: "As the Christmas celebrations get underway there are increased fire risks. Taking a few simple steps can prevent people facing devastating fires in their homes.

"People are also advised to check the batteries on their smoke alarms every week. We want people to take care over the holiday season and to enjoy a happy and safe Christmas this year."

Neil Fairhurst, Neighbourhood Manager at Helena Homes, said: "Helena Homes is keen to support MF&RS’ Christmas campaign, encouraging all of our tenants to stay safe in their homes during the festive season.

"Helena will be sharing and promoting fire safety tips with our tenants on our website, and wishes all St Helens residents a safe and happy Christmas."



Image shows:(left to right) Kate Morris, MF&RS Prevention Advocate for St Helens; Neil Fairhurst, Senior Neighbourhood Manager at Helena Partnerships; Paula McIver, MF&RS Prevention Advocate for St Helens, MF&RS Group Manager Chris Case and Sara Hurst, MF&RS Supervisory Advocate for St Helens.

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