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Stay onside with fire safety throughout the World Cup

Don’t get caught offside with fire safety as you enjoy the World Cup over the next month.

With England set to start what we hope will become a winning streak at 11pm on Saturday, it is important to make sure that your home and family are match ready.

Taking a few minutes before kick-off to test your smoke alarms and making sure your family has planned how to escape in the event of a fire will go a long way to making sure you don’t follow Brazil’s example and score any own goals.

Football fans out late watching Roy’s boys opening match, potentially with pals in the pub, should take care once the celebrations are over. Make sure you stay safe on the roads, particularly if you’re tired and have had a few beers. Book a taxi home or agree who’s driving, or it could be you missing the final. 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. Most fires in the home start in the kitchen and cooking is responsible for around a third of house fires.

Divisional Officer Julian Ashley, ECFRS Safer Communities, said: “We want to make sure everyone is safe to enjoy the entire festival of football set take place over the next month and all we’re asking is that people keep safety in the back of their mind and take a few extra precautions.

“Make sure you have the protection smoke alarms offer, take extra care on the roads and make sure that you do not allow distraction to make you into a killer in the kitchen.

“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 is far safer to treat yourself to a takeaway on the way home than try and cook if you are intoxicated.”

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