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Fire crews warn of risks in carol

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Firefighters from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue sing a festive fire safety message

Musical firefighters have written special safety-themed lyrics to the famous Twelve Days of Christmas song.

Serving and retired crew members from the Mid and West Wales fire service have also made a video to warn about the dangers of the festive season.

Hazards referenced in the song include cooking while drunk, using faulty fairy lights and overloading plug sockets.

The full video, which was filmed at Swansea west fire station, can be viewed via the service's website.

According to the fire service, statistics suggest suggest that people are 50% more likely to die in a fire during the Christmas period than at any other time.

The video, which is also on the YouTube website, also features festive safety advice from chief fire officer Richard Smith.

"We thought that we could spread some Christmas cheer while reminding people in a light hearted way of the need to take extra care at this time of year," said Richard Fry from the service.

"Who knows we might even beat Leona or Alexandra to number one!"

A downloadable sing along song sheet of the firefighters' version of the Twelve Days of Christmas is also available from the service's website.

Firefighters' lyrics for the final verse:

On the twelfth day of Christmas

The Fire Chief said to me

Do a safety check at bedtime

Take care with Christmas candles

No overloading sockets

Use a good tree stand

Have your lights in good condition

Keep an eye out for the old folk

Stand by your pan

Don't drink and fry

Turn power off at night

Plan your escape

Test that smoke alarm

Let's be safe at this festive time of year



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