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Your monthly newsletter from West Midlands Fire Service

We hope you’re keeping warm and safe this Winter!


As Christmas approaches, we’re really looking forward to our carol concert in Birmingham on Sunday 10 December.


The event is free to attend, so please join us at St Martin in the Bull Ring. Members of our very own band will provide the festive music, and there’ll be a lovely nativity performance by pupils of Education Impact Academy Trust.


Doors open at 4pm, for a 4.30pm start. Visit https://www.wmfs.net/events/christmas-carol-service-2023 to RSVP for free, get directions and a free reminder!


We hope to see you there!


December can be a busy time for many, a lonely time for others. Please do check in on family and friends.


Top of our Christmas list is your safety. As ever, our fire and rescue crews will be on duty 24/7, supported by the amazing team in Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control.


Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

‘tis the season to stay safe!

Check out our quick and easy tips for a safe time with family and friends. 

Visit https://www.wmfs.net/safety/christmas-safety/ for advice on staying safe during the festive season.


Read below for some extra tips!

Lightbulb moment!

Candles and Christmas lights bring a cheery glow to any home. We recommend using LED ones.


Keep decorations, cards, etc well away from naked flames.


And, if you must use real candles, never leave them unattended.


More advice on candle safety: https://www.wmfs.net/safety/candle-safety/

None for the road

Remember – you can still be over the drink-drive limit the morning after the night before.

Please don’t drive with alcohol or drugs in your system. Sadly, our firefighters see the consequences all too often, when they respond to vehicle collisions.

Read more: https://www.wmfs.net/safety/driving-safety/


We're award winners!

We're thrilled to announce that we have achieved success at the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2023. 


Our staff were honoured in several categories, including wins for Neurodiversity Champion of the Year and the Unsung Hero Award and nominations for 3 other awards. Each accolade reflects the hard work and exceptional contributions of our staff in making the West Midlands safer, stronger, and healthier.


Read more on our website: https://wmfs.link/3NaIF5Y


Electrical safety 

Remember Christmas paper chains?

We’re on a mission to stamp out a more dangerous version: electrical daisy chains. If you’re running short of plug sockets for your festive lights and decs, never plug one extension lead into another. It could easily start a fire.


Stick to one plug per socket.


Before you power up the Christmas lights, check them for wear and tear. Any frayed or loose wires? Scorch marks on the plugs? If in doubt, don’t use them.


Always switch off that don’t need power when you’re not using them – especially when you go out or go to sleep.

New Year, new gadgets?

If you’re lucky enough to get an electrical gift from Santa, it’s really important to register it. A perfect job for New Year!


Why register? So the manufacturer can contact you about any safety issues. You can also register second-hand items. And it’s free!


Check out the handy guide, also featuring links to most major manufacturers' registrations pages, on our website: https://www.wmfs.net/safety/register-your-products/

Treat your peeps to some beeps!

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are a thoughtful stocking filler.


Remember to test yours – every week, ideally - and offer to check those of older relatives or neighbours to help keep them safe. 


Cost of living

As the cost of living increases, we've put together some top tips to help you stay fire-safe while you're trying to reduce the cost of heating or lighting your home.


From links to all West Midland-based council warm spaces to safety tips, we've got you covered. Just visit https://www.wmfs.net/safety/cost-of-living-stay-fire-safe/ to find out more.

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