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Have a fun, happy and safe New Year's Eve party!

Published: 29 December 2011

House parties to welcome in 2012 will be held all over Gloucestershire this weekend and the Fire Service would like them to be enjoyed safely.

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service's advice is:

  • Don't leave candle or tea lights near furnishings, curtains or Christmas decorations
  • Make sure that all exits are kept clear
  • Don't overload sockets with sound systems and lights
  • Ensure that cigarettes are extinguished fully
  • Don't cook food or light fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Make sure your smoke alarm is working properly
  • Don't drink and drive

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Geoff Sallis, said: "Lots of families and friends will be getting together on New Year's Eve and, while we don't want to be party poopers, a few sensible precautions will ensure that parties don't end prematurely with a call to the Fire Service."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "If you have invited people to your house to welcome in the New Year, please remember that you need to think about their safety as well as yours.

"Following the safety tips issued by our fire and rescue service should help you be more fire aware and make sure your party can be enjoyed safely by everyone."

For more information on fire safety in the home, go to www.glosfire.gov.uk or ring 0800 180 41 40 to arrange a visit.

If you know an older or vulnerable person who hasn't got a smoke alarm and may be at risk from fire, then call 0800 180 41 40 to book a visit from a Community Safety Adviser. Remember if you are nominating someone else for a home fire safety check then you must get their permission first.

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