London Fire Brigade is urging England fans to get a takeaway on their way home from the pub during Euro 2012 rather than cooking at home and risking burning down their house. New figures released by London Fire Brigade today show that two fires a day happen after Londoners have been drinking whilst one in four people who die in a fire has alcohol in their system.
Thousands of football fans are expected to leave work early to watch England's opening game against France at the pub. Adverts featuring the slogans GOAL! above pictures of burgers will be appearing in pub toilets across central London to warn Londoners about the affects of drinking alcohol and then cooking after. An extra 2.2 billion pints were sold during the last World Cup and the Brigade is concerned that there will be an increase in alcohol related cooking fires.
Three quarters of alcohol related fires are caused by cooking under the influence whilst over half of these fires happen because someone has fallen asleep.
The London Fire Brigade says any fans who might be feeling hungry after a few pints should get a takeaway on their way home instead of cooking. Adverts will also be appearing in free newspapers and on social networking sites.
London Fire Brigade Commissioner Ron Dobson has said “During Euro 2012, many Londoners will go straight from work to the pub to watch the football. Our research shows cooking after having one too many plays a massive part in house fires and sadly, one in every four fire deaths involves alcohol.
“If people cook tonight under the influence of alcohol they could be putting themselves and the people they love in danger. Play away from home and eat out.”