Christmas is a time for celebrations, with many family and friends coming together to enjoy the festivities.
We would like to ensure everyone has a safe and happy festive season and asks that you take a moment to read our top tips for keeping you and your family safe this Christmas and New Year.
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home. A working alarm can give you and your family the vital time needed to escape a fire.
- Ensure you test your smoke alarms regularly.
- NEVER remove the batteries from your smoke alarms.
- Make a fire escape plan and discuss it with your family. Ensure any visiting friends and family are aware of the escape plan too.
- Ensure you have a bedtime safety check routine. Check Christmas lights are off, cigarettes are out, candles are out and electrics are off (where possible) before you go to bed.
Don't overload sockets or extension leads and only have 13 Amp per extension
- Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except those that are designed to be left on, like freezers.
Enjoying a drink at Christmas
- The direct cause of 25% of all fires can be attributed to alcohol.
- In 33% of all fires alcohol consumption was a contributing factor.
- Don’t Drink and Drive – get those taxis booked for any nights out on the town.
- Never cook after drinking – you can easily become distracted.
The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this is a high risk area. Many of us enjoy a merry tipple over the festive season but be sure to avoid cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol.
- If you've been out for the night get a take away rather than attempt to cook.
- Turn off all appliances when you have finished cooking.
- Be wary of being distracted due to a houseful of guests.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Keep candles away from decorations, Christmas trees, cards, wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Ensure candles are out of reach from pets and children.
- Unplug Christmas lights when you're going to bed or leaving the house.
- Check lights conform to a safety standard, e.g. British Standard 60598
- 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 in any DIY store.
- Don't overload sockets with too many lights.
- Don't block exits with Christmas trees, presents etc.
If you are using extra heaters ensure they are away from curtains, sofas, Christmas trees and decorations etc.
Put your cigarette out, right out. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and take care 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.