Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service advice on staying safe this Christmas

The fire brigade is warning the public to be vigilant this Christmas at a time of year when the risk of dying in a fire rises dramatically.

Each day in December 20 people across England are either killed or injured in accidental house fires, far more than any other time of year.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to take extra care by avoiding cooking while under the influence of alcohol, avoiding leaving candles unattended and switching off fairy lights when you leave the house.

Residents are also being warned to check their smoke alarm, not to overload plug sockets and make sure everyone in your house knows what to do in the event of a fire.

For more information, visit www.hertsdirect.org/wintersafety

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