Warnings to stay safe in home this Christmas

Doncaster's  Civic Offices.

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Doncaster Council and partners have launched a campaign to encourage residents to avoid unwanted surprises over Christmas.

Residents are being urged to follow tips for keeping safe 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 as alcohol remains in the system.

There are 50 per cent 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.

Coun Joe Blackham, Doncaster Council’s 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 sight and switching off Christmas lights 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: “In the run up to Christmas thieves will relish the opportunity to sneak in and steal gifts that sitting under the Christmas tree. 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.”

Log on to www.doncaster.gov.uk/christmassafety