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As temperatures drop firefighters are warning Londoners of the dangers of hunkering down ‘Hygge style.’
The Danish concept meaning to live cosily has sparked a trend in the UK. However, firefighters have warned that typical Hygge trends such as snuggling in blankets next to candles and heaters are a real fire risk.
Last year firefighters attended 340 fires in London caused by candles, heaters and electric blankets.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Charlie Pugsley explains the risks associated with Hygge :
“When temperatures dive, it’s natural to want to create a cosy atmosphere but those extra blankets , heaters and candles can be a real fire risk. We are especially concerned about portable electric heaters, all too often we see stray bedding or furniture being too close to heaters and catching fire.
"While it’s cosy to use candles, they are one of the leading causes of fires and it’s easy to forget about them when you are snoozing on the sofa.
“I normally avoid candles in my home but if you must use them, never leave them on while you are sleeping or out of the room and always ensure they are away from curtains, blankets and furniture. Remember, tea lights need to be sitting in or on a proper fire proof holder – just leaving them burning in their foil cups poses a real fire risk. "