Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it isn’t long before we’ll all be waking up on Christmas morning and enjoying a fun filled day with the family. Christmas not only brings joy, but it also brings more household fires than any other time of year, due to the potential hazards that come in the form of fairy lights, candles, decorations and outdoor lights at Christmas. So here we have composed a list of our top safety tips to ensure that everyone has a Safe and Merry Christmas.
Fairy Lights & Garden Lights
- Ensure that any fairy lights or decorative outdoor lights carry the British Safety Standard sign, this means that they have been tested and comply to British safety standards.
- If bulbs blow, replace them with the correct bulbs. (A few bulbs are usually provided when purchased.)
- Remember to turn off any fairy lights or decorative outdoor lights when you go to sleep or leave the home.
- Don’t place fairy lights near any flammable objects such as decorations and cards. Ensure that decorative outdoor lights are in a safe place and secured properly.
- Do not overload any plug sockets with fairy lights or outdoor lights.
Decorations & Candles
- Keep decorations such as tinsel and tissue paper away from any candles, lamps, ceiling lights or fairy lights.
- Don’t place any decorations immediately above or around the fireplace in case they fall and set alight or if embers blow up from the fire.
- Do not leave candles unattended and extinguish them before going to bed or leaving the home.
- Make sure candles, lighters and matches are out of reach of children.
- Never leave the food unattended, especially if you are overfilling the oven!
- Do not cook whilst intoxicated, this can lead to misjudgment and accidents will happen.
- Although the party is always in the kitchen, ensure that there is plenty of free space and not too much clutter or people in the way.
Fire FM would like to wish everyone a very Safe and Merry Christmas.