Twelve days of staying safe at Christmas

Always keep candles away from your tree and decorations
Always keep candles away from your tree and decorations

Methil Fife Station is certainly getting into the festive spirit – but the crew’s 12 days of Christmas comes with a slightly different message.

Stephen Thomson, station manager at Methil, explained: “During the run up to and during the festive period there’s a heightened risk of fire and injury within the home and elsewhere.

“Christmas is a special time for celebration and shouldn’t end in tragedy because of the extra hazards. So when you’re decking the halls, follow our simple 12 days of Christmas advice and stay safe.”

So get your singing voice on, and try this version out...

On the first day of Christmas... check Christmas lights conform to the British Standard;

On the second day of Christmas... never place candles near your tree or furnishings and don’t leave them burning unattended;

On the third day of Christmas... make a fire escape plan and make sure guests know what to do in an emergency;

On the fourth day of Christmas... decorations can burn easily; don’t attach them to lights or heaters;

On the fifth day of Christmas... never overload electrical sockets;

On the sixth day of Christmas... celebrate safely: the risk of accidents is greater after alcohol is consumed;

On the seventh day of Christmas... never leave a cooker unattended;

On the eighth day of Christmas... make sure elderly relatives and neighbours are fire safe;

On the ninth day of Christmas... make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before going to bed;

On the tenth day of Christmas... check the battery in your smoke alarm;

On the eleventh day of Christmas... keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of children;

On the twelfth day of Christmas... always read the instructions and keep water nearby if celebrating with fireworks.