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Stay safe with a taxi and a take-away

Christmas party time is upon us and revellers are being urged to stay safe with a takeaway and a taxi.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is recommending that partygoers plan ahead of their pre-Christmas drinks over the coming weeks urging them to make sure they have arranged a taxi to get them home safely and to make sure that they don’t try and cook if they get home tipsy after enjoying their night out.

Grabbing a kebab or take-away can help reduce the risk of fire within the home and ordering a taxi or planning a designated a driver will guarantee that you will get home safely.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “We want party-goers to have a fun, yet safe, Christmas drinks. Planning ahead before the night out can prevent fire and save lives.

“Getting a takeaway could be the simplest way to protect your home from fire. Drinking and cooking simply don’t mix. Time and again our crews have been called to house fires started when someone has put a pan of food on the hob and then nodded off on the sofa.

“This is a potentially deadly combination. Just three breaths of smoke can be enough to kill. It’s far safer to treat yourself to a takeaway than try to cook when you’re intoxicated.

“Never drive after drinking. Make sure you have a plan to get home from your Christmas get-together. Either arrange a taxi or make sure you know which of your friends is going alcohol free and driving.”

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