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Grab a cab and a kebab during the Rugby World Cup

Takeaway and a taxi could be the best way to stay fire safe if you’ve been enjoying a drink while you watch the Rugby World Cup.

More fires start in the kitchen than any other room and a third of house fires start with someone cooking. A particular problem occurs when revellers get home from the pub, decide to have a fry-up and fall asleep with the pan on the hob.

The best advice we can offer rugby fans out late watching the match is grab a takeaway if you’re peckish, particularly if you’ve had one too many – anything to avoid the potential penalties of cooking when you get home.

The best way to make sure you get home in one piece is to plan ahead. Either arrange taxis to pick you up or make sure you have designated a driver to stay sober and get you all home safely

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “We want to make sure that everyone stays safe to enjoy the entire festival of rugby and a takeaway could be the best way to protect your home from fire.

“Drinking and cooking simply don't mix. Time and again firefighters have been called to fires in the home and found a pan of food on the stove and someone sound asleep on the sofa. This is a deadly combination, just three breaths of smoke can be enough to kill. It’s far safer to treat yourself to a takeaway on the way home than try and cook if you are intoxicated.

“Never drive after having a drink. Make sure you have a plan to get home, either arrange a taxi or know which one of your friends is going alcohol free and driving.

“Our best advice to stay safe during the Rugby World Cup is grab a kebab and then jump in cab to get home safely and stay safe.”

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