WEST Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has issued important advice to help ensure everyone enjoys a safe Christmas. 

This time of year typically sees an increase in callouts for WYFRS.

Last December, WYFRS attended 28 festive-related fires caused by cooking, candles, fairy lights and electrical items.

Lee Miller, a district commander with WYFRS, said: "Christmas is a fantastic time of year for those who celebrate with friends and family - but there can hazards and we want to make sure people celebrate safely.

"Following the below tips are simple and effective ways to keep you safe.

"The main thing our crews get called out to are incidents involving cooking, so take extra care when whipping up Christmas dinner – don’t do it under the influence and don't leave the stove unattended.

"Finally, we'd like to wish our communities a very Happy Christmas – and a safe 2024."

Christmas safety advice from fire service

  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed on all levels of your home, which are tested regularly – and that any guests over for Christmas know the escape route in case of a fire

  • Never leave cooking unattended and don't cook under the influence of alcohol

  • Always turn off kitchen appliances when you have finished cooking and ensure tea towels and oven gloves aren't left on the hob

  • Never leave burning candles unattended and keep them away from children, pets and flammable objects. Always put out candles before going to bed or leaving the property. LED candles are a great alternative

  • Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598) and are in good working order before use

  • Ensure you switch off Christmas tree lights and unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house

  • If buying electrical goods, check that they are from a reputable retailer and meet all safety standards

  • If buying batteries or chargers for electrical items, check that they meet the manufacturers recommendations