County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) launch their Christmas safety campaign in partnership with The Safer Durham Partnership.

Covid-19 has certainly made 2020 a year to remember, with a lot changing for many people. But what has remained the same is the importance of staying safe.

The campaign aims to ensure that the communities of County Durham and Darlington are aware of the many increased risks people face during the festive season, and to remember it “Tis The Season To Be Safe.”

Launched today across social media, ‘’Tis the season to be safe” will raise awareness of home and electrical fire safety and this year, Covid-19 safety too.

CDDFRS, together with the Safe Durham Partnership are also encouraging people to drive safely by being mindful of the Fatal 4 – reduce speed, wear a seatbelt, avoid distractions behind the wheel and never drive after consuming drink or drugs.

Glen Stewart, Community Safety Manager at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said “There are many things you can do to keep you and your family safe at home. If you are celebrating with a real Christmas Tree this year, make sure it is well watered, as a dry tree is much more flammable than a wet one. If you use candles, always blow them out if you leave the room and if you have a real fire make sure the chimney is clean and well maintained.”

Glen also added “It would not be Christmas without Christmas lights! But make sure you don’t overload your sockets and that you have working smoke alarms installed on each level of your home”.

The Electrical Safety-First website has a socket overload calculator to help you to know when your sockets are overloaded, visit: https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/overloading-sockets/

CDDFRS have also been carrying out free Safe and Wellbeing phone calls throughout the pandemic and these calls can be booked at a time convenient to you. The call is from your local fire crew who go through vital home safety advice and ask if you have working smoke alarms, if you don’t, they will post some through your letterbox for free. To book your call or a call for a family member or friend on their behalf, please email our Community Safety on: csenquiries@ddfire.gov.uk