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Help avoid Christmas catastrophes

Date : 17 December 2019


In an effort to reduce kitchen catastrophes, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking households to choose their designated chef this Christmas.

Just like designated drivers, they will stay sober and make sure safety comes first!

Head of Community Safety David Kemp said:

“Christmas kitchens can be chaotic at best and putting alcoholic drinks into the mix just increases the chances of something going wrong. We’d really like every household to have one person who is willing to wait until dinner is served before having a glass of something boozy.”

He added:

“We also know that people can get distracted so if you look while you cook you are much more likely to have a fun festive time!”

Kitchen fires accounted for 297 out of the 508 accidental house fires in East Sussex last year.

The Service has some other top tips to avoid Christmas calamities. 

  • Candles can be beautiful but please stay in the room once you’ve lit them. Keep candles out of the reach of children, and away from decorations, cards and wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters.
  • Put your cigarette out, right out. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and take care when drunk or tired. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
  • Don’t overload sockets – ensure only one plug per socket. Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except those that are designed to be left on, like freezers.
  • Ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed, or leave the house. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598).
  • Always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment. This safety device can save lives by instantly switching off the power if there is a fault and can be found in any DIY store.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if there is a fire – in the event of fire: get out, stay out and call 999



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