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Lucky escapes after three cooker fires in less than 12hrs - stay safe this Christmas


Our crews were kept busy attending three fires involving cookers yesterday (22.12.22).

An alarm sounded a warning when a pan had been left on the hob at a Denbigh property at 12.28hrs yesterday when no one was at home – two crews attended.

Two other incidents involved kitchen rolls left on the hob – one in Rhyl at 21.01hrs which two crews attended and six people had to evacuate their flats, and one in Chirk at 21.09hrs which two crews attended and 3 people were required to evacuate the property.

So, the message this Christmas from us here at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service – please take extra care. We don’t want a fire to ruin your Christmas.

We know that more fires occur in the kitchen than in any other room in the home - and we see an increase in these fires during the festive period

It only takes one small distraction for a fire to start. Please never leave cooking unattended and don’t drink whilst cooking – and ensure to look after elderly or vulnerable family, friends or neighbours.

Follow our 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 power).
  2. Never place candles near your Christmas tree, furniture or curtains. 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 plan.
  4. Decorations can burn easily - Don't attach them to lights or heaters.
  5. Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, unless they're designed to stay on.
  6. Take special care with Christmas lights. Always switch off and unplug them before you go to bed. Christmas is a time when we use more electrical items - don't overload sockets and plugs but use correctly fused multi gang safety leads.
  7. Most fires start in the kitchen - never leave cooking unattended. Celebrate Christmas and New Year safely. The risk of accidents, especially in the kitchen, is greater after alcohol is consumed.
  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. You can register for a free safe and well check here
  11. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  12. Take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas - make sure they are fire safe as well as checking on their well-being.


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