Fire chiefs issue safety message for Christmas

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Fire chiefs are warning residents to take extra care over the festive season – warning that more blazes break out over winter than at any other time of the year.

South Yorkshire firefighters attend around 170 incidents from December to February each year, with most starting in the kitchen.

Many involve unattended cooking, dirty ovens and chip pans.

The county’s fire chiefs claim that alcohol also plays a part in the annual spike, with revellers often attempting to cook after nights out. Candles, heaters and unswept chimneys also pose a risk.

Head of safety Kevin Ronan said: “House fires are more likely than at any other time of the year. We’re only asking people to take basic precautions.”