Thinking about Christmas safety tips may not be the first thing that comes to mind as the snow starts to fall. But, they are important. Here are some hints and tips on how you and your families can have a safe festive period.
If you’re getting a real Christmas tree, try to get a fresher one as it has a higher moisture content making it more fire retardant. Remember to water it regularly. Make sure it isn’t too close to a fire or other heat source, and it’s not blocking your exit from the room.
Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598) and are in good working order before use. Ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house. Remember, not to overload your plug sockets as this can be a fire risk.
Test your fire alarm
Make sure your fire alarm, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are working as they should with a regular test. Home smoke alarms have a labelled “test” button which you simply push to test.
Keep candles away from flammable objects – including your Christmas tree. Never leave a candle burning when you’re not in the room.
Keep an eye on what’s cooking
Avoid leaving a cooker unattended. Keep a close eye on what’s cooking to reduce the risk of accidental fires starting in the kitchen.
Beware Christmas fraud
Avoid clicking links you’re sent and don’t hand over personal information or bank details. Be wary of online shops you’ve never heard of and “too good to be true” offers. Remind vulnerable neighbours or family members to be wary of fraud