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
- 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