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Christmas fire alert

PUBLISHED: 14:23 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 August 2010

FIRE chiefs are hoping that a novel and comical online film will reduce the risk of an accident at home over the festive season. Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has launched the musically-flavoured Stand by Your Pan as a response to figures which

FIRE chiefs are hoping that a novel and comical online film will reduce the risk of an accident at home over the festive season.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has launched the musically-flavoured 'Stand by Your Pan' as a response to figures which highlight a particular risk to those who get peckish after a few drinks and attempt to cook up a late night feed.

Statistics show that one in every three fire deaths is drink related, and the majority of accidental domestic fires begin in the kitchen.

Head of community safety Stuart Skilton said: "If you're asleep and a fire breaks out, you're in serious trouble. Just a couple of breaths of fire smoke can be enough to knock you completely unconscious.

"Leaving cooking unattended is often a recipe for disaster, and if you've been drinking you're even more vulnerable."

Kent Fire and Rescue Service supplies and fits alarms free of charge, and can also offer special detectors for those with hearing or sight impairment.

To book a free home safety visit call 0800 923 7000.

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