It will soon be time to dust off the tinsel and Christmas lights, but have you checked that your festive decorations are not a fire risk?

We've put together some safety tips to remember this Christmas. 


Most fires start in the kitchen, and there is often a rise in fire related incidents over the Christmas period. Take a look at our safety tips when cooking this Christmas:

  • When cooking your festive feast, try not to leave your cooker unattended
  • Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol - save the merry sherry for after your meal!
  • Test your fire alarms in the months leading up to Christmas, only removing the batteries when replacing them
  • Keep children away from ovens and other cooking appliances that may get hot

Lights and decorations 

  • Don't attach decorations, such as tinsel or baubles, to lights or heaters
  • Keep lighters, matches and candles away from little hands!
  • Open fires should have a fire guard and should not be left unattended
  • Candles should not be left unattended, or placed near to flammable objects such as paper based decorations
  • If you have electric fairy lights, check that they carry the British Safety Standard sign 
  • Remember to switch your lights off at the end of each day
  • Don't plug too many sets of lights or appliances in to one socket

Christmas Trees

  • Chose a spot for your Christmas tree that is away from any heat source, including a fireplace or radiators
  • Do not burn candles on your Christmas tree
  • Do not smoke cigarettes too close to your tree
  • If you are having a real tree this Christmas keep tree stand filled with sand or water at all times

Take a look at our fire safety for more information about remaining safe in your home

Fire Safety leaflet