It’s a magical time of year, full of merriment, food, and festive lights everywhere. But it’s unfortunately also the reason why Christmas is the time of year during which most house fires occur.
Fires in the home are often easily prevented, so these fire safety tips from Fire Protection Online will ensure you’re prepared.
- When placing your decorations and cards, be mindful of where you put them. Avoid placing them directly next to your heating, cooking appliances and lighting, as well as not blocking the routes in and out of your home.
- For many, candles are essential. But as you’d expect from any naked flame, they’re a fire hazard and spark around 1,000 fires a year by being placed too close to furnishings. The best method of avoiding accidents is to use battery candles instead.
- Avoid leaving lights switched on when you’re not at home, especially if you have older fairy lights which might not meet today’s higher standards. Unlike modern LED bulbs, older lights are prone to overheat and break. Put them on a real Christmas tree, and they could cause a fire. It’s also a good idea to avoid overloading your plug sockets.
- Cooking Christmas dinner for your whole family can be a very stressful time. Give yourself enough time to prepare and cook Christmas dinner to avoid hot fats, boiling water and burnt food.
- Try to avoid drinking alcohol until after you’ve finished cooking. That’s the time to sit down, relax, and enjoy your meal with your tipple of choice.
- Despite everyone wanting your attention to open presents and play games, whilst cooking you should avoid distractions and not leave the cooking unattended. It only takes a few moments for a fire to start.
- It’s essential to have a fire blanket in the kitchen. Should a small pan fire start, turn the heat off and carefully place the fire blanket over the flames.
General Home Safety
- With lots of people and potential hazards in your home around Christmas, now is a good time to check your smoke alarms are working. If they don’t, and changing the battery doesn’t work, then make sure you replace it urgently.
- It may be uncomfortable to think about, but you should also consider what you’d do in an emergency. Have a Plan A and B for how you’d get out of your home in the event of a fire, and make sure your whole family is aware.
- When buying electricals, avoid the temptation to buy cheaper products, and make sure they’re CE marked. This means that they’ve undergone stringent checks so you know they’re safe, and avoids disappointing gifts!
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