FIREFIGHTERS are appealing for people to celebrate safely if they want to avoid their Christmas going up in smoke.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are asking people to be sensible with the Christmas spirit – especially when cooking.
Last year, West Yorkshire firefighters attended 28 alcohol-related fires in the home during December and January, and 105 fires caused by cooking.
And according to new figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the rate of serious injuries is four times higher when drug or alcohol impairment is a contributory factor.
Fire chiefs have also warned of a number of other seasonal hazards including the increased use of candles and fairy lights.
WYFRS fire safety manager, Ian Bitcon, said: “We want everyone to have a fantastic Christmas, which is why we don’t want it to be ruined by fire.
“We always see an increase in the number of cooking related fires and fires where alcohol or drugs are a contributory factor.
“Please don’t assume it won’t happen to you.
“If you have family and friends staying over during the festive period, please ensure everyone knows their escape route.
“Finally, the best gift you could give your family this Christmas is the gift of life – make sure your smoke alarms work!”
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be Tweeting safety advice in the run-up to Christmas using the hash tag #celebratesafer. Follow them at @West_Yorks_FRS.