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12 Top Tips For Staying Safe This Christmas


Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is asking Derbyshire communities to follow its 12 top Christmas ‘Elf and Safety’ tips to help ensure everyone enjoys a safe and happy festive season. 

Each year the fire and rescue service works hard to prevent emergencies from occurring and to respond to those 999 calls requiring an emergency response.  In December 2015 the Service attended 509 emergency calls. 

By asking people to follow our 12 Christmas ‘Elf and Safety’ tips, it is hoped we can reduce the number of calls during this year’s festivities. 

12 ‘Elf and Safety’ tips for staying safe this Christmas: 

  1. Check your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights conform to British Safety Standards.
  2. Check the battery in your smoke alarms every week. Only working smoke alarms can save lives.
  3. Decorations can burn easily.  Keep them away from heaters and lights.
  4. Make sure you, your family and any visitors know what to do in an emergency and know your escape plan/route.
  5. Never overload your electrical sockets.
  6. Most fires start in the kitchen. Never leave cooking unattended.  The risk of accidents in the kitchen is greater after alcohol is consumed.
  7. If you have an open fire, use a fire guard and do not store fuel next to the fire.
  8. Take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas. Check their smoke alarms as well as their general health and wellbeing.
  9. Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before going to bed and never let ashtrays overflow.
  10. Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings. Battery powered candles are much safer.
  11. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before bed.
  12. If planning to celebrate with fireworks – always follow the fireworks code.

Area Manager Alex Johnson said: “Christmas should be a happy and enjoyable time for everyone, but sadly the fun and festivities can sometimes lead to a disaster. 

“We want everyone to enjoy the festive season, but we also want them to be safe, so I’d ask people to take a minute to check out our top tips to prevent emergencies from occurring.” 

The Service is also supporting Derbyshire police’s campaign cracking down on drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs and has worked in partnership with them to produce a Mannequin Challenge video highlighting the dangers and potentially fatal consequences of driving whilst under the influence. 

Area Manager Johnson went on to say: “Drivers should be in no doubt that if they get behind the wheel after a drink or drugs this Christmas, not only do they run the risk of losing their driving licence, risk a fine, or even a prison sentence, but they also risk their life and the lives of others too!” 

For more information about keeping safe, please visit

Follow our top 12 elf and safety tips on Twitter using the hashtag #elfandsafety


To arrange an interview regarding keeping safe this Christmas, please contact Rachel Palmer, Press and Communications Manager on 07900 226081 alternatively

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