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Couple Ordered To Remove Their Christmas Wreath Due To Health And Safety

Christmas is just around the corner and I don’t know about you but I’m as giddy as a kipper!

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Christmas is just around the corner and I don’t know about you but I’m as giddy as a kipper!

I love going shopping for a Christmas tree and covering it with as many cheesy decorations as possible!

Last year one of my kids bought me a bauble that looks like a bottle of wine! I can’t wait to put it on my tree this year!

As some of you may know I actually come from England, but I decided to take a big leap and move over here.

It was the second best decision of my life (the first was marrying Walt).

One of my favorite things to do during the festive season is putting up my Christmas tree and the decorations.

It’s a big part of my Christmas, and getting everyone round to help decorate has become a very big part of my Christmas tradition.

A Christmas where this didn’t happen would be a very rubbish Christmas.

Even though my kids are all grown up, they still come over every year to help me decorate.

It just fills my heart with Christmas joy!

Most people have a certain decoration they absolutely treasure.

For me, it’s a glass tree topper I brought over to America, it was a gift from my Great Grandma.

It’s still perfectly preserved throughout the years and takes pride of place on top of my Christmas tree every year.

But if I was told to remove it, I think I would be left broken-hearted, and I’m sure you’d feel the same if something similar happened to you.

Well, that’s exactly what happened to this British couple, who were told to remove their Christmas wreath from their front door.

The couple has spoken out and publicly shamed the people who told them they had to remove their Christmas wreath because it was deemed a fire hazard.

Charlie Bridges and Katie Tomkinson soon received a letter after placing a wreath on their front door.

The letter told them to take it down by December 18 or face having it confiscated.

How rude! Where’s their Christmas Spirit?!

Charlie Bridges is a full-time carer for his wife, and he was absolutely furious when he read the letter.

It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s health and safety gone mad.

‘I’m a Christian and I should be allowed to decorate my house with Christmas decorations. The wreath doesn’t contain lights, there’s no electricity involved at all so I can’t understand why it’s a fire risk.’

Charlie lives in a housing association flat in Quarn Way, Derby.

‘I’ve got a Christmas tree, I’ve got Christmas lights in my house and I’ve got a fridge – should I remove all of them too in case they catch fire?

‘I called Derby Homes to challenge the letter and they told me it has always been their policy.

But I’ve had a wreath every year on my front door and they haven’t complained until now.

‘They said because my front door is visible from the hallway, which is a communal area, I’m not allowed the wreath as it’s a fire hazard. The only possible way it could be a fire hazard is if someone set it on fire

The letter the couple sent was straightforward and to the point about the festive love heart shaped wreath.

The letter said:

‘The following items have been found in the communal areas: A decoration on the door as it is a fire risk.

‘If this belongs to you please remove it by 18/12/17. If it is not removed by this date it will be disposed of.

‘Derby Homes tenancy conditions say that communal area must be kept clean and tidy.’

But despite it being written into their tenancy agreement, the Bridges are still unimpressed with the letter.

Charlie said:

‘I just think their reaction is completely over the top. They said they will confiscate it themselves if I don’t remove it today but I’m not taking it down.

‘We’re still gobsmacked really. How dare they threaten to throw away my property?’

Derby Homes manages and maintains council properties on behalf of Derby City Council.

A spokesman for Derby Homes said the safety of its residents is their ‘first priority’.

If the wreath hasn’t been removed by now, then it’s been confiscated and thrown away.

Obviously, it may seem like an overreaction and a bit unreasonable, but if it’s written into their tenancy agreement, then they don’t have a legal right to complain.

What do you think about this? Is it an overreaction or is not that much of a big deal?

Let me know in the COMMENTS! I’d love to hear from you!

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