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''Please don't let fire ruin your festive cheer this Christmas'' urge fire crews

''Please don't let fire ruin your festive cheer this Christmas'' urge fire crews

Dartford’s firefighters will be encouraging people to #Smilesafe this Christmas

5 December 2016

Firefighters will be out in force in the run up to Christmas reminding residents that drinking alcohol and cooking don’t mix.

Cooking is the number one cause of fire in the home; but when mixed with drinking alcohol it results in a dangerous cocktail and can be a recipe for disaster.

Dartford firefighter, Dave Allen, explained: “We’re determined to highlight the dangers and encourage people to change their behaviour. We’ll be handing out Santa-style beer mats and reminding people to put fire safety at the top of their list this Christmas.

“If you’re drinking alcohol at home or on a night out, please don’t cook, get a takeaway or buy food on your way home, rather than attempting to cook when you get in – it could be the difference between life and death.”

Fire crews will be:

  • Outside the Orchard Theatre, Dartford on Saturday, 10 December between 12 noon and 2pm

  • New Road, Gravesend between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday, 13 and 20 December

Watch Manager, Julian Light from Thames-side Fire Station added: “Alcohol affects people mentally and physically and your reactions are likely to be slower. If you’ve been drinking, then fall asleep, leaving your cooking unattended, you’ll be less likely to wake up in an emergency and could be putting yourself in serious danger.” 

Watch Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s ‘Stand by Your Pan’ film  It tells the story of a man's return home after a night out with friends, and how his hunger pangs lead him to dice with death, before being saved by fire angels. 

Julian ended: “Unfortunately, 'fire angels' don't actually exist - if you're asleep and a fire breaks out, you're in serious trouble. Just three of breaths of fire smoke can be enough to knock you completely unconscious. Combine these elements with the effects of alcohol and the chances of escaping from the smoke and flames diminish significantly.” 

“We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy festive break and hope that the only time you see us this Christmas is in the town centre sharing safety tips with you.”  

The best protection you can have against fire is working smoke alarms. KFRS offer free advice and services to everyone. Speak to one of our home safety advisors today, the call is free from most landlines or email us.

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