Keeping safe at Christmas
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Keeping safe at Christmas

Some hints and tips on how you can keep you and your family safe this festive season.

The festive period is an opportunity to spend more time at home with your family, friends and pets.

Making your home cosy with a log fire, candles and fairy lights on the tree, is the perfect way to enjoy the season.

Stay safe and sound in your home this Christmas and don't increase the risk of fire.

The Christmas Checklist

  • check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard and are in good working order
  • always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before you go to bed or go out
  • don't overload sockets - whilst it's tempting to put up just one more strand of christmas lights, overloaded sockets can be a big fire risk
  • make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished and never smoke in bed
  • check your smoke alarms. If they don’t work, or you don’t have one, treat yourself, it could be the best Christmas present you’ve ever bought as it could save your life in a fire
  • take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas - make sure that they're safe and also enjoying the festive season



  • never leave candles burning unattended
  • keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children
  • decorations can burn easily - don't attach them to lights or heaters and don’t hang them close to candles
  • make sure your family and any visitors staying for the festive period know how to escape in an emergency. Tell them where you keep door and window keys


In the kitchen

  • many fires start in the kitchen – make sure you don’t leave your Christmas dinner unattended and switch off the hob and oven if you leave the house
  • the risk of accidents, especially in the kitchen, is greater after you’ve been drinking alcohol, so take care if you’re having a few festive drinks