Christmas lights cause fire in Denny

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Extra caution is needed over the festive period

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Firefighters from Denny fire station attended a fire involving fairy lights on a Christmas tree last night (15 December).

Operations Control Maddiston received a call at 10.12pm to a flat in Nisbet Drive, Denny.  Firefighters used a hosereel jet to extinguish the fire that was caused by cotton wool round an artificial tree that had caught fire from the fairy lights.

Christmas trees, decorations, lights, roaring fires and candles are just some of the winter and Christmas essentials that can spark tragedy if they aren't monitored carefully and precautions aren't taken.

Alarming statistics show that more people die in house fires across Scotland over the Christmas period than at any other time of year. 

Station Manager Mark Bryce says: “While the festive season is a time for celebration and gathering together with family and friends we would like to raise awareness of the hidden dangers in the home over Christmas.

“Extra caution is also needed with natural Christmas trees particularly if surrounded by lights or nearby candles, as these trees are very dry and highly flammable. 

“The festive period is traditionally marked by a high incidence of domestic fires because houses contain more combustible materials than usual, whether it be trees, wrapping paper, candles or decorative lights.  The good news is that these tragedies can be avoided by adopting some basic fire safety rules.”

 

  • Unplug fairy lights or other electrical Christmas decorations when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Check fairy lights are in good working order and replace any bulbs that have blown.
  • Bulbs can get very hot, don’t let them touch materials that can scorch or burn easily, such as paper or fabrics.
  • Make sure the fuse in the plug is the correct rating.
  • If you need to plug more than one appliance into an electrical socket use a multi-socket adaptor which is fitted with a fuse and has surge protection.
  • Decorations made of light tissue paper or cardboard burn easily.
  • Don’t attach them to lights or heaters or immediately above or around the fireplace.
  • Keep them away from candles.

 

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like you to have a very happy, safe Christmas and New Year.  If you or someone you know is vulnerable or may be at risk from fire please get in touch and arrange a FREE home fire safety visit with local firefighters by calling 0800 0731 999 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk

A wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk/winter

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