Fire advice for festive season

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FIRE chiefs have issued a safety warning to householders over the dangers of festive fires.

Jack Daw from Herts Fire and Rescue said: “For the vast majority of people the festive season will be a time to enjoy and celebrate with families.

“But the chances of having a fire in the home double at this time of year.”

You can reduce the risk by taking a few simple steps:

l Check all your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard kite mark

l Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch alight

l Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters

l Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed

l Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire

l Check on elderly relatives and neighbours as they are at greater risk of fire.