This Christmas we are asking people to think ‘crackers, not calamities’ and to have a happy, festive time, while keeping themselves safe.
Below is a list of safety tips and guidance on everything from checking fairy lights are in good repair to making sure the mountain of seasonal cooking is done safely.
A Christmas fire safety poster is available for download below the safety messages.
10 tips to keeping Christmas safe
- Don’t cook if you have been drinking, leave the festive tipples until after the cooking is done
- Christmas trees and decorations can catch light easily so keep candles well away from them
- Make sure you always keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children
- Some people find themselves either with lots of lights to plug in or new electrical Christmas gifts. Please don’t be tempted to plug lots of gadgets in, overloading extension cables or sockets. An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to the number of amps it can take. Do not overload it. Check the limit on the back of the extension lead and the different amp value on the plugs
- Make sure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN60598) and are in good working order before use
- If having visitors over this Christmas, make sure they and your family know what the escape plan is in case of fire. In the event of a fire, you should get out, stay out and call 999
- Always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment. This safety device can save lives by instantly switching off the power if there is a fault and can be found at most DIY stores
- Never use heaters to dry clothes. Heaters can start fires when things are placed too close to them. Keep them well away from curtains, clothing and furniture
- Planning to enjoy a cigarette and a festive drink? Take care. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and always be careful when under the influence of alcohol or tired. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight
- Do something good this Christmas. Test the smoke alarms of someone you know who may need help such as an older relative or neighbour, to ensure their safety.