Doncaster Council and partners have launched a campaign to encourage residents to avoid any unwanted surprises over the Christmas period.
Residents are being encouraged to follow tips for keeping safe and well including how to avoid fire hazards, deter burglars and drink sensibly.
The campaign reminds people not to drink and drive and to be aware that they could be over the legal driving limit long after their last drink, including the next morning because alcohol remains in the system for a considerable amount of time.
We also know that there are 50% more alcohol related house fires in December compared to the rest of the year, so people are being urged to remember to think about the small things that could help save lives this Christmas.
Councillor Joe Blackham Cabinet Member for Community safety and Neighbourhoods said: “Christmas is a busy time for everyone, so this campaign is a subtle way of telling people to remember those crucial but easy-to-forget things such as keeping valuables and car keys out of site and switching off Christmas lights which become a fire hazard if left on overnight. We don’t want to see people’s Christmas or lives blighted by something that could have been avoided.”
Supt Scott Green, South Yorkshire Police’s lead for Burglary said: “On the run up to Christmas thieves will relish the opportunity to sneak in and steal gifts that are sat under the Christmas tree, and even after Christmas, ensure you dispose of empty boxes and rubbish discreetly, as this a clear sign to burglars that you have new and valuable items in your home.
“Keep your property secure and don’t give criminals the chance to ruin what should be an enjoyable time to spend with family and friends; do not give them an open invitation to your home.”
Kevin Ronan, Head of community safety at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “Our data confirms what we already knew- that house fires are more likely in winter than at any other time of the year. We’re only asking people to take basic precautions- like testing their smoke alarms and taking extra care with things like cooking and heaters.”
The campaign also includes a reminder that not everyone’s Christmas will be merry and bright - but people who are suffering from domestic abuse don’t have to suffer in silence and should call 0800 4701 505 for help and support, or 999 in an emergency.
More information is available at www.doncaster.gov.uk/christmassafety