East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people that alcohol is often a factor in fires and road traffic collisions.
The warning comes during Alcohol Awareness Week – organised by the charity Alcohol Concern.
In East Sussex and Brighton and Hove in 2012/2013, there were three fire fatalities. In two of these, impairment was suspected due to drugs / alcohol and was a contributory factor in the fire.
Neal Robinson Head of Community Risk Management said:
“When you drink your reactions and ability to make sound judgments is affected. This can have a huge impact. Most of us accept that we should not drink and drive but there are also dangers in the home which you need to consider.
For example – if you are a smoker and have had a drink, you may be careless stubbing out a cigarette or you may fall asleep while one is still alight. If you come in after a big night on the town and put something in the oven, you may forget to set a timer and have a kitchen fire.
Our message is clear – if you do drink, remember that you are at greater risk of having a fire in your home”
For further information about Alcohol Awareness week please go to http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/home
You can find out the impact alcohol harm has on East Sussex on this page of their website: http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/campaign/alcohol-harm-map