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Sunday, 12 December 2010

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The London Fire Brigade has issued a warning to the Capital's residents as London lights up for Christmas.

This shocking video, showing a living room being engulfed by fire, shows just how dangerous something as simple as a set of faulty fairy lights can be

Londoners celebrating Christmas can ensure they have a great time and stay safe by following some very simple advice:

Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard and are in good working order.

Always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before you go to bed or go out.

Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings and never leave them burning unattended.

Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

Decorations can burn easily - don't attach them to lights or heaters and don’t hang them close to candles.

Make sure your family, and any visitors staying for the festive period, know what how to escape in an emergency. Tell them where you keep door and window keys so they can escape if a fire starts.

Many fires start in the kitchen – make sure you don’t leave your Christmas dinner unattended in the kitchen and switch off the hob and oven if you leave the house.

The risk of accidents, especially in the kitchen, is greater after you’ve been drinking alcohol, so take care if you’re having a few festive drinks.

Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished and never smoke in bed, many fires start when people fall asleep while smoking.

Check your smoke alarms. If they don’t work, or you don’t have one, treat yourself, it could be the best Christmas present you’ve ever bought as it could save your life in a fire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 pm  

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