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Fire safety this Christmas

Published: 29 November 2017

Reducing fire risks

Christmas is a time when we like to festoon our houses with fairy lights, candles and eat, drink and be merry. But we need to make sure that we are not putting ourselves at risk of fire. And don’t forget to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas, as they are potentially at greater risk from fire hazards.

How to stay safe this Christmas

Firstly always make sure all the smoke alarms in your home are working.

Eat drink and be merry

With the possibility of more alcohol consumption and cooking it’s important to remember:

  • Avoid cooking if you’ve been drinking
  • Never leave your cooking unattended
  • Keep cooking pots and pan handles out of children’s reach

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree…

  • Christmas decorations can catch fire easily so never attach them to lights, heaters or any other flammable products
  • Do not place your tree close to a fireplace or any other heat source
  • Take a look at this film to see how quickly a fire caused by Christmas tree lights can spread

Candle precautions

  • Always keep candles, lighters and matches safely out of children’s reach
  • Never leave lit candles unattended, and make sure you put them out before bed
  • Keep candles away from hair, clothing, upholstery, curtains, fabrics and furniture
  • Make sure candles and tea lights are only used in suitable candle holders and never placed directly onto any surface

Streets at night lit by fairy lights…

  • Always switch off and unplug your exterior Christmas lights before you go to bed or leave your home
  • Make sure you buy your lights from a reputable retailer and check they carry the British Safety Standard sign
  • Never overload electrical plug sockets

For more information on Christmas Fire Safety visit The Governments website. Don’t forget you can also book a Free Safe and Well Visit by calling 0800 085 0767. The visits combine home safety checks to reduce the risk of fire in your home and information and advice to help you cope with such an emergency.

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