Keep your home safe this festive season warns fire service

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Firefighters need the public’s help to prevent tragedy striking in East Dunbartonshire this Christmas.

With the festive season underway and people preparing to celebrate the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is reminding everyone of the steps they can take to protect their homes from fire.

Area manager Paul Connelly said: “We want everyone celebrating Christmas to have a fantastic time – one that’s free of the terrible consequences that follow of a fire in the home.”

SFRS has compiled some simple measures the public can take to keep themselves safe from fire.

The advice is to check Christmas lights have plugs fitted with the correct fuse, never overload extension leads and make sure all electrical devices are Intertek BEAB approved.

Christmas lights should always be switched off at night and when no-one will be home, while decorations and cards should be placed away from lights and heat.