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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day fire warning

Romance might be in the air ahead of Valentine's Day but firefighters are warning couples not to get caught up in the heat of the moment.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service wants people to take extra care on 14th February if they are planning on creating a romantic setting - especially with a naked flame.

Tea-lights and alcohol can be a recipe for disaster if they're not used in the correct way, and leaning in for a kiss over a candlelit dinner could result in setting fire to hair or clothes.

Cooking is the biggest source of house fires in the county and it's important to ensure that if you are preparing a meal for a loved-one that you don't get distracted.

Paul Scott, Community Safety Team Manager, said: "Valentine's night can be a lovely romantic evening but a combination of high spirits, alcohol and romantic gestures could lead to tragedy. We want everyone to have a fantastic time so follow our simple tips for a romantic night and stay safe.

"Above all you'll want to make sure it's only sparks of passion that are ignited on Valentine's Day, so make sure you stay safe from fire."

Candles can build the mood for romantic meals but:

- they must be kept away from flammable objects such as curtains, towels or bedding

- tea-lights can generate temperatures throughout the metal base of over 200 degrees so always use tea light holders and never place direct onto baths or televisions

- always make sure candles are properly extinguished when you go to bed.

Cooking a special meal is always a great way to say 'I love you', but remember that more than 50 per cent of house fires start in the kitchen so:

- take care when frying

- make sure that grills and ovens are clean as fat and grease can ignite when heated

- never leave cooking unattended - don't get distracted.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer free home fire safety checks, where a member of the Service will visit your home, give fire safety hints and tips, help you to formulate a fire escape plan and fit new alarms - all free of charge.

This service is available to all residents in North Wales.

To register for a free home fire safety check, please call the 24 hour free hotline on 0800 169 1234, e-mail cfs@nwales-fireservice.org.uk or visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk.

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