Fire Safety in the Festive Period
There are lots of extra fire hazards at Christmas, but if you take some simple precautions you can stay fire safe. Candles can make your house look very Christmassy in the long dark evenings. However, in the year 2000 alone, over 2000 house fires were started by candles. Always keep candles away from hair, clothes, pets and children. Candles should always be in a proper holder and should always be extinguished when you leave the room. More information about candle safety can be found here.
As the nights are drawing in and the temperatures dropping, it may seem like the perfect time to curl up under an electric blanket. You should always replace your electric blanket if it is:
- Has exposed elements
- Creased or folded
- Damp or has damp patches
- The tie tapes are lose, damaged or missing
- The flex is worn
- It has loose connections
You can read more about electric blanket safety here.
Fireworks are a great way to celebrate New Year, but remember to do a few simple things to make sure no one gets injured. Always keep a couple of buckets of water and a bucket of soft earth nearby, and wear eye protection or gloves. If you have pets keep them indoors and let your neighbours know so they can do the same. Don’t try and save money, always buy good quality fireworks from a reputable shop. There are more firework safety tips here.
Remember to always regularly test your fire alarm, not just during the Christmas period. Fairy lights, decorations and Christmas Trees can all be fire hazards, so remember to be careful. Always turn fairy lights and other Christmas lights off when you leave the house, and take care of tissue paper or similar decorations which can easily burn.
For more information about Christmas fire safety click here.
The information for this post was taken from the Fire Service.