It wouldn’t be Christmas without a sing along…

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) has teamed up with Lillington Primary School to promote Christmas fire safety through a unique spin on the Christmas song ‘Jingle Bells’ – dashing through the snow in yes, a big red fire sleigh!

This exciting school project has seen the WFRS Prevention Team work with the Leamington Spa based primary school to record and film a video for the song, which covers key areas such as Christmas tree safety, candles, cooking and escape routes. The school choir, made up of children aged  7-11 performed the song and afterwards a Christmas fire safety assembly was delivered by the team to the whole of Key Stage 2.

Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso said: “Christmas is a time for festive cheer with family and friends. But fairy lights, candles and decorations means it is also a time to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe from fire. We developed this song to help children remember these important safety messages to keep them and their families safe from fire.

“Many thanks to Lillington Primary School for working with us to record this song. It’s lots of fun to sing, so why not get your little ones to have a go at home and help share our fire safety advice!”

Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety added: “It’s great to see the children from Lillington Primary School involved in spreading the fire safety message. Whilst we don’t want to dampen anyone’s spirits, it is important to remember that the things we all enjoy at this time of year can pose a fire risk.

“We’d particularly like to remind people to take care when cooking. A house full of family and friends can be distracting, but fire starts when your attention stops, so make sure you don’t leave cooking unattended. Make sure that everyone visiting or staying in your home knows what to do in a fire and how to get out of the property most quickly.

“Most importantly we hope that everyone in Warwickshire has a very safe and merry Christmas!”

Lillington Primary School Headteacher Derek Fance said: “I am immensely proud of the children involved in spreading this safety message to Warwickshire families.  As a school, we encourage our children to make safe choices in all they do and to have the opportunity for them to demonstrate this by encouraging others to keep safe at this special time is great to see. I would also like to thank the staff that have enabled this opportunity for our children to happen. Everyone at Lillington Primary School wishes you a Happy Christmas!”

From everyone at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.

For information on how to be fire safe this Christmas visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/celebratesafely