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Christmas safety

Don’t let Christmas be ruined – see how quickly a tree can catch fire.

Christmas is a time of fun and frivolity – but it’s also a time of year when the risk of fire is far greater. Here are 12 top tips for ho-ho-home safety!

  1. Check your Christmas lights are in good working order and conform to the British Safety Standard. Never overload electrical sockets.
  2. Always switch off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving the property.
  3. Never place candles near your Christmas tree, decorations or furnishings – and never leave a burning candle unattended.
  4. Decorations can burn easily – so don’t hang them near lights or heaters.
  5. Keep matches, lighters and candles out of the reach of children.
  6. If you’re having a few festive drinks, take extra care in the kitchen.
  7. Never leave your Christmas dinner cooking unattended and make sure you switch off the oven and hob when the meal is done.
  8. Make sure any guests know what to do in the event of an emergency – do they know where door/window keys are kept and have you shown them the escape route?
  9. Many fires start when people fall asleep while smoking, so make sure you extinguish cigarettes properly – and never smoke in bed.
  10. If you’re planning on celebrating with fireworks, make sure you follow the instructions.
  11. Never remove the batteries from your smoke alarm to power a new Christmas toy.
  12. Make sure you test your smoke alarm every week – and why not spread a little festive goodwill by checking on any elderly relatives, friends or neighbours as well.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) website – www.rospa.com – has some useful guidance for staying safe at Christmas.

The Fire Kills campaign has produced leaflets on Fire Safety At Christmas and Celebrating Safely.

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