Christmas safety advice for Moray residents
21 December 2015
We are encouraging Moray residents to book a free Home Fire Safety Visit.
Hidden dangers in the home are being highlighted by local firefighters ahead of the Christmas period.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is raising awareness to ensure the festivities remain a time for celebration.
Elgin Station manager, Bruce Milne, said: “More house fires happen in December and January than at any other time of year, and we need everyone to be aware of the increased risk.
“We would like to issue a warning that block adaptors, often used to supply electricity for festive lights, can overload and cause fires.
“People will use adapters to allow them to power Christmas tree lights and other illuminated decorations. But if you overload the socket or adapter, it can cause a fire.
“Rather than use the old style block adapters, we advise a multisocket adapter fitted with a fuse, as this type of adapter is safer.”
Moray residents can request a free home fire safety visit, during which firefighters will identify potential fire risks and advise what to do to prevent or reduce them. You can call 0800 0731 999 or text FIRE to 80800 to request a visit.
In addition to overloaded sockets, risks at Christmas include unattended candles and cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Station Manager Milne added: “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.
“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 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
Photo shows Station Manager at Elgin Fire Station, Bruce Milne, Councillor Kirsty Reid and son Robert. Photo by Northern Scot