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This week is #FirePreventionWeek and in the run up to the festive period, we’ll be sharing lots of fire safety tips. We would like you to play your part in spreading the word.

During the colder months and in the run up to the festive period, people are put more at risk of fire-related injuries. Our top tips and tricks are here to help!

Did you know that cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. That is why the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2020 is 'serve up fire safety in the kitchen!'.

Follow these safety precautions to help you stay safe this season:

  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from your cooker and be careful if you are wearing loose clothing.
  • Keep your eye on the stove when cooking food and face pans inwards to avoid them being knocked from the hob. 
  • Always remember to 'watch what you heat' and don't get distracted when you're cooking.
  • If you are cooking with oil and it catches fire never use water on it - it will cause a fireball.
  • Keep fan heaters uncovered and ensure any electrical heaters are turned off before bed.
  • Never overload tumble-dryers and ensure their filters are clear of any lint and debris.  
  • Take part in #TestItTuesday. It's important that you test your smoke alarm weekly. It could save your life.
  • Sparklers should always be handled with gloves and disposed of in a bucket of cold water. Always supervise children.
  • Christmas lights should always be turned off at night and don't overload electrical sockets. Extension leads are a safer alternative to multi-socket blocks.
  • When watering Christmas trees, be sure to keep water far away from lights and other electrics.

Remember, if there's a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

Have a look at the West Midlands Fire Service webpages for more tips on how to stay fire safe at home.

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