Stay Safe At Christmas and New Year 

 

Be safe in your kitchen

  • Before you start cooking make sure the oven, hob and grill are clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can start a fire.
  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily. If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Never try to cook after drinking. Have a drink with your dinner but keep a clear head in the kitchen.
  • Avoid leaving cooking unattended. If you have to leave the kitchen to answer the door, get a toy working or look after your guests turn off the cooker completely.
  • Never leave children in the kitchen alone with cooking on, send them out to play with their new toys instead.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing when cooking – it can easily catch fire.
  • Keep tea towels, cloths and oven gloves away from the cooker and hob.
  • When you’ve finished cooking make sure you turn everything off.

Be safe on the roads

  • If it starts to snow heavily, head back home or try and find a safe place to stop until conditions improve. Put together an emergency kit of food, water and blankets in case you get stuck.
  • Keep your distance! It will take a lot longer to stop due to rain, snow, ice, and the grit and salt on roads. Reduce you speed and keep back from vehicles in front in case they brake suddenly, especially on slip roads and roundabouts.
  • Pedestrians enjoying the festive spirit could be more unpredictable so keep an eye out for any straying into the road.
  • Watch out for drunk drivers too. If the car in front or coming towards you is weaving, making sudden irrational movements and varying their speed give them plenty of room. If it safe to do so stop and call the Police.
  • Watch out for black ice - use your car’s outside temperature gauge as a guide.
  • If the roads are Icy be as smooth as possible with your driving style. Steer gently and avoid sudden changes in direction. Accelerate gently and avoid applying the brakes heavily. Where possible use engine braking to gradually slow the car down. Have your lights on low beam during the day as visibility can still be poor, especially on long stretches of road. Keep your lights on low beam will help avoid head on collisions with cars that are overtaking.

Be safe when celebrating

If you are celebrating near open water please take extra care and plan a route home away from rivers and waterways. It’s very easy to fall into the water if you’ve been drinking. The water will be particularly cold this time of year and cold water shock creates an involuntary physical response that can make it more difficult to swim and cause you to drown. Keep your friends away from the water too and don’t encourage them to swim.

Finally before going out or going to bed, make sure that your tree lights are switched off. hair styling devices are unplugged and left to cool in a safe place (not on the bed) and don’t charge your mobile phone or laptop under your pillow. Take care to not overload sockets with too many lights or appliances.

We hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas, but our firefighters will be ready to come to your aid, if you need us, so call 999 if there’s an emergency.