Christmas Fire Risk Warnings Sounded

Residents across the Dudley borough are being urged to follow simple steps to protect themselves and their home from fire risks during this year’s festive season.

Living Well, Feeling Safe – a partnership of the West Midlands Fire Service, police force, and other services – is warning of the dangers that trees, candles, and decorations can pose.

Residents are being urged to make sure candles are kept well away from anything flammable and not left unattended, electrical sockets aren’t overloaded, and to make sure Christmas lights are unplugged when not in use or leaving the house.

Residents are also being reminded to regularly test their smoke alarms and to never remove batteries to use in other appliances.

Cllr Nicolas Barlow, Dudley Council’s cabinet lead for adult social care, said the council is “working tirelessly with our partners to ensure residents keep safe from fire risks.

“Living well, Feeling Safe provides lots of information for those who are older or vulnerable, and we encourage people to take advantage of this.

“We also urge communities to keep an eye on those who may be at a heightened risk from fire dangers.”

More fire safety information and advice can be found on Dudley’s Community Safety Partnership website at www.dudleysafeandsound.org/christmas-safety.

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