Keep your festive fun fire-free with our top tips.
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 ·
This Christmas break – ‘press to test’! 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 the event a fire
Real Christmas trees are more prone to catching fire than artificial trees. Keep your tree well-watered regularly to stop it from drying out.
Keep decorations and cards away from fires and other heat sources such as light fittings and don’t leave burning candles unattended ·
Take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas – make sure that they’re safe and also enjoying the festive season
Only buy electrical items from reputable sites.
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
Cooking causes over 50% of all home fires (Source – Fire Kills) so stay safe in the kitchen – this Christmas!
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
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