Christmas time is a special time for celebration with all the family and it should not end in tragedy or be cut short because of the extra hazards that are around at this time of year.
We have created our 12 days of Christmas fire safety tips, to ensure you have a happy and hazard free Christmas.
#1- Fairy lights
Always check the fuses are the correct type (you need to check the box and see the maximum size of fuse you should use). If the bulbs blow replace them straight away, but please make sure you switch off the fairy lights before changing the bulb. When going leaving the house or going to bed, do not leave the fairy lights on make sure all lights are switched off. Do not let the bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, for example a Christmas card. Also do not overload plug sockets.
Please bare in mind that decorations made of tissue paper, or card burn easily burn, so keep these decorations away from anywhere that creates heat. Do not attach them to lights or heaters nor should you put the decorations immediately above or around the fireplace. Also keep them away from candles.
#3- Christmas Trees
A burning tree can quickly fill a room full of fire and deadly gases. When selecting a Christmas tree they should be green and hard to pull back from the branches and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to touch. If the tree has dried out it is a fire hazard.
#4- Christmas Dinner
Give yourself enough time to prepare Christmas Dinner to prevent hot fat, boiling water and sharp knife accidents that come from rushing around the kitchen and keep anyone out that is not helping cook the dinner. Do not leave your cooking unattended
#5- Create a fire escape plan
Create a fire escape plan so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire, when the smoke alarm goes off during the night. Establish the route of your house and include different routes just incase your original route is blocked. Also create a meeting point, so everyone knows where to meet if a fire does occur.
#6- Smoke alarm
Use Christmas as an excuse to clean your smoke alarm. Replace your battery once a year and once a week press the test button. Also once a year vacuum and clean the smoke alarm to ensure that dust isn’t blocking the sensor chamber.
#7- Candle Safety
Make sure that all candles are kept away from any decorations, Christmas Trees, cards, wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters. Never leave a burning candle unattended and make sure that all candles are kept out of the way of pets and children.
With the cold evening approaching in the December air and there is more family round on the festive day, sometimes heater sare an essential. Unfortunately not used or placed correctly they can create a fire hazard. So when using heaters make sure that they are away from curtains, sofas, Christmas trees and decorations.
Make sure that when you’re putting your cigarette out that it is completely out. Make sure that your cigarette is fully extinguished and take care when you’re intoxicated or tired. It is very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and it can set furniture alight.
The direct cause of 25% of fires can be attributed to alcohol, and in 33% of all fires alcohol consumption was a contributing factor. To stop a fire from occurring in your home over the festive season, just treat yourself to a takeaway if you’re having a drink.
#11- Make sure your elderly friends and relatives are safe
Keep in mind your elderly friends and relatives over the festive season. Are they as safe from fire as they could be? Help them, test their smoke alarm to see if it works, and replace the batteries in the alarm and clean it. Also assess their home is everything seem safe? Is all flammables out of the way from heat?
#12- Have a lovely Christmas!
Here at The Midlands Training Company we wish you a happy holiday season and thanks for all your support throughout the year. Have a lovely Christmas!
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