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Christmas safety wish from firefighters

Christmas safety wish from firefighters

Medway's fire crews ask think before you drink and cook this Christmas

28 November 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 if you’re drinking alcohol and cooking it can be a recipe for disaster.

Rochester Crew Manager, Graham Porter, explained: “If you’ve been for a celebratory night out or enjoyed a drink at home and feel peckish, please don’t put the cooker on. It could result in you losing your home, precious belongings and even your life.

“A far safer option is to leave yourself a pre-prepared cold snack, or get a takeaway, that way you won’t be tempted to put the cooker on and put your safety at risk.”

Fire crews will be using fun Santa-style beer mats to highlight the risk of cooking and drinking and asking people to put fire safety at the top of their Christmas list this year. They will also be reminding people about the importance of having working smoke alarms. 

Firefighters will be at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre on:

  • Monday 5 December between 10am and 2pm and

  • Monday 12 December between 2pm and 6pm 

Crews will also be at Dockside Outlet, Chatham Maritime at various times between:

  • Saturday, 17 December and Friday, 23 December

Watch Manager, Tony Fox from Medway Fire Station added: “Alcohol can cause drowsiness, slowing your reaction times and lead to feelings of disorientation, which can make it difficult to escape in the event of a fire. You'll also be less likely to wake up in an emergency.

“Please don’t take chances, we don’t want to gate crash your Christmas celebrations but want everyone to have a safe and happy festive period.”

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.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) offer free safety advice and services to everyone. Speak to one of our home safety advisors today - the call is free from most landlines , or email us. All our services are free of charge.

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