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12 days of festive fire safety 12 December 2007

ISLE of Man Fire and Rescue Service is joining a national UK campaign to promote the 12 Days of Christmas fire safety message.

Fire safety officer Danny Dooley explained:

‘There are historically greater fire risks associated with the festive season. In fact, across the UK you are five times more likely to die in a house fire at this time than any other time of the year. The reason for promoting the 12 days of Christmas fire safety campaign is to raise awareness of the specific risks and how to reduce them.’

The 12 days safety campaign starts this Thursday – December 13, twelve days before Christmas Day. Each day during the campaign, one of the safety messages will be promoted on the IoMFRS webpages in more detail – see www.gov.im/fire/safety.xml for details.

They will cover such aspects as urging people to ensure Christmas tree lights comply with British safety standards, warning against placing candles on or near Christmas trees or furnishings, and overloading plug sockets. Sub Officer Steve Cretney said: ‘It’s important to have a fire escape plan for the whole family and anybody staying with you. Also if you’re planning a party, make sure everybody knows the way out and that exits are kept clear. It’s also crucial to ensure smoke alarms work – and don’t remove smoke alarm batteries to put them in presents which require them.’

The campaign also asks people to check on elderly relatives and neighbours at this time of year to make sure they are fire safe too. Anyone who is worried about their home fire safety is welcome to call the fire safety team on 647329 for free advice. The team offers home safety checks for anyone who requires one. Download the 12 days of Christmas fire safety campaign leaflet: http://www.gov.im/dha/fire/safety.xml

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