Top 12 tips on how you can stay fire safe this Christmas
It is that time of year again, you are probably sick to death of hearing everyone in the fire industry telling you to stay fire safe, but accidents happen quicker than you know, so it is right to make sure you are fully prepared.
Christmas is the time of year where most fires happen in people’s homes. It is so easy to do what you always do and ignore any safety advice, so we thought we’d help make it easier for you. We’ve put together some top fire safety tips for Christmas that will help prevent your festivities being cut short.
Top 12 tips this Christmas
- You have probably put your tree up by now, but when you buy a real tree, make sure you choose a tree that has fresh, green needles that are not falling off when touched.
- Make sure the tree you pick has been sliced at the bottom by at least an inch which helps to encourage the tree to remain hydrated – it will last longer too.
- Make sure any flammable heat sources are at least 3 meters away from your decorations or tree (heat sources such as burning candles, fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, and lights)
- If you are using an artificial tree, make sure that it is one that has fire resistant labels (this can usually be found on the outside packaging).
- Make sure your Christmas tree lights have been tested and that they carry the British Safety Standard sign (images at the end of the post).
- Most fires start in the kitchen. As hectic as Christmas day is, make sure you avoid leaving your cooker unattended (get someone to stand in your place if you need to dash out).
- Most people start drinking with breakfast but try to avoid cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol.
- Make sure you scatter ashtrays around the house (away from decorations and the tree) if you are going to be smoking, or having smokers in your home at Christmas. Make sure the cigarettes are put out properly.
- Don’t attach decorations to heat sources (they burn quicker than you can possibly imagine).
- Make sure your pets are not able to knock over burning candles. Place the candles on a firm and stable surface before lighting.
- Make sure your pets are well behaved and not going to knock your tree or decorations over – if you have puppies or kittens, make sure you keep watch over them 24/7. This goes for small children too, they do tend to grab things and explore, so keep watch!
- Never overload your electrical plug sockets. Always switch your lights off before you go to bed!
This is the British Standards Logo you need to look out for with your fairy lights:
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We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy the festivities and see you all in the new year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!