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!
- Make sure you test your smoke alarm every week – and buy sufficient batteries for those new Christmas toys so you don’t need to remove the ones from your smoke alarm to power them up.
- Check that all Christmas lights conform to British Standards, always use a residual current device which can safely cut off power, and remember to switch them off before going to bed or leaving the property.
- Many fires start when people fall asleep while smoking, so make sure you extinguish cigarettes properly in an ashtray – and don’t smoke in bed.
- 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?
- If you have an open fire or woodburner, ensure your chimney is swept regularly.
- Never overload electrical sockets, being especially careful with Christmas lights.
- Place candles in an appropriate holder and away from your Christmas tree, decorations or furnishings – and never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep matches, lighters and candles out of the reach of children.
- Decorations can burn easily – so move them away from sources of heat, such as lights or radiators.
- Check on neighbours and elderly relatives this Christmas, to make sure they are fire safe and to offer a free Safe & Well visit from us. Remember to socially distance from others not in your household or bubble.
- If you’re planning on celebrating Christmas or New Year’s Eve with fireworks, always store them safely, follow instructions and keep a bucket of water nearby.
- Have a bedtime routine – close all doors, and make sure you switch off electrical appliances except the fridge/freezer.
- Never leave cooking unattended…let’s not burn the turkey! Remember metallic items can’t go in the microwave and keep tea towels away from the hob.
Have a look at our Christmas safety story for children on our education pages.