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Be safe staying toasty this Christmas

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Keep safe keeping warm Fire and Rescue Services are warning people as the cold Christmas weather continues to bite.

Electric blankets, candles and portable heaters caused nearly 2,000 fires and resulted in 406 casualties and fatalities over a year according to provisional fire statistics for 2009 to 2010.

Fire Minster Bob Neill said:

There’s nothing like a cosy open fire or the added warmth of an electric blanket, but these and other winter must-haves like candles can bring an increased risk of fire into the home. Make sure you stay both warm and fire-safe this winter and remember to test your smoke alarm every week. Working smoke alarms save lives.

The advice comes as new figures show that a shocking viral video - depicting how easily faulty Christmas tree lights can destroy a living room in under a minute - has been seen by more than 20,000 people.

Christmas tree fire destroys a living room in under a minute

Dry Christmas trees, decorations and wrapped presents can all help a fire spread through the home in a matter of moments.

The government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Sir Ken Knight said:

By following some simple rules you can ensure you stay safe and warm and if you are in any doubt over any fire safety issues, your local Fire and Rescue Service is on hand to help and offer advice.

For further information on fire safety visit the Fire Kills page or contact your local Fire and Rescue Service to arrange a free Home Fire Risk Check.