In all the colourful, festive excitement of the festive season, it’s sometimes easy to forget about keeping ourselves safe at home. We want to make sure your holidays are accident-free, so here are some top tips for avoiding a fire outbreak this Christmas.
Whether your Christmas tree is real or artificial, it can be a fire hazard if it’s not looked after properly.
When choosing a real Christmas tree, make sure that it isn’t too old (and therefore, a fire hazard) by checking that:
If a tree doesn’t pass these checks, it’s likely that it has been cut for too long and has probably dried out, making it much more flammable and a fire hazard.
Real Christmas trees are less flammable if kept watered, and if you have an artificial one you should check that it’s fire resistant.
In either case, remember not to place your tree close to any heat sources (such as a fireplace or heat vent). The heat will dry out the tree and cause it to be more easily ignited.
Your tree shouldn’t be put up too early, or any longer than 2 weeks. When Christmas is over, the best way to dispose of your tree safely is by taking it to a recycling centre.
Taking care of your Christmas lights is important, so that you can avoid sparks flying or anyone being electrocuted by a faulty bulb.
General fire safety
There are some Christmas fire safety tips that are useful to remember all-year round, such as making sure to put out cigarettes properly and checking your smoke alarms regularly.
We would also recommend that you take the time to check on your elderly relatives during the festive period, as they are at greater risk of fire during this time. Make sure they’re safe and enjoying the holidays as well.