Firefighters are urging residents to stay away from the booze while they cook their Christmas meals.
The number of house fires in Surrey usually rises by a third during the festive period, with kitchen fires accounting for almost half of those (42%).
Families with children and older people cooking alone are most at risk, according the Surrey Fire and Rescue, who have published a list of guidelines to help keep people safe.
The guidelines include:
Denise Turner Stewart, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are all aware that there is a higher risk of a fire at Christmas, with more distractions and decorations within our homes. The Service is prepared to respond at any time with our wonderful crews and control staff working 24/7 throughout the festive period but we’re asking you to play your part to prevent fires from happening in the first place.”
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