Working smoke alarms save lives

CHRISTMAS is a time when the risk of fires in the home – in particular kitchen fires - can increase.

These are common at any time of year, but particularly at Christmas with people in the home and those cooking can be distracted.

Homes can be full with family and friends, when this is combined with the excitement of Christmas, the potential for an increased intake in alcohol and the general stress of the occasion, it all too easy to forget about basic fire prevention advice.

Just spending a couple of seconds to think about fire safety in the home can make all the difference. Make sure you’re got a working smoke alarm, be careful with candles and decorations and remember to turn the oven off when you’ve finished cooking.

If family members do not have smoke alarms, consider buying them one for Christmas. This is a gift that could save their life.

GRAHAM STAGG

Cambs Chief Fire Officer