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RBFRS launches its social media campaign to help residents stay safe this festive season

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is today launching its social media campaign ‘#RBFRSAdvent’, sharing 24 days’ worth of advice to help residents stay safe during the festive period. The campaign will see a new safety message shared on RBFRS’ social media channels every day from 1-24 December.

Although fire safety is vital all year round, the festive season brings extra fire hazards, such as Christmas trees, decorations, and candles. However, by following the advice covered in the campaign, residents can significantly reduce their risk.

RBFRS Advent graphic showing 24 closed windows that will reveal a safety message throughout the campaign

Gail Muirhead, West Hub Prevention Manager, said, “We hope you enjoy celebrating over the festive period, but remember there are extra safety precautions you need to consider to stay safe. In light of this, we are launching our festive social media campaign #RBFRSAdvent to remind you to keep safety at the top of your priority list and reduce the risk of a fire spoiling your festivities.”

RBFRS is also joining forces with Thames Valley Police (TVP) as part of this campaign to ensure that residents receive a range of advice from their local emergency services.  

A TVP Spokesperson added, “We are teaming up with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service this festive season to provide our communities with top tips for staying safe. Here at Thames Valley Police, we want to remind you not to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. The legal alcohol limit in the UK for driving is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. However, this depends on individual factors, so the safest way to avoid a road traffic collision is to avoid driving altogether if you are drinking. Not only could there be legal consequences if you drink drive, but it could cost lives.”

To keep up with the campaign, follow RBFRS on Twitter and Facebook or use the hashtag #RBFRSAdvent.