Posted 12/1/2021 3:14:21 PM
Christmas is a magical time of year. A time for seeing family and friends, eating fantastic food and really getting into that festive spirit, especially this year when Christmas for many in 2020 was spent in isolation without our nearest and dearest.
There are the lights, the food, the drink and everything else in between. But with all of these things, and not wanting to sound like The Grinch, there’s the increased risk of fire. A lot of what’s to follow is common sense but let us do the thinking for you. We’ve put together some top tips to think about this Christmas to help keep you safe whilst you celebrate this festive season in true style.
An integral part of the decorations, the Christmas tree often takes centre stage and why not!?! For many, it’s a work of art. But, no matter how festive, a Christmas tree is still a tree and therefore a source of fuel.
Real tree or fake, both are at risk of catching alight but there are steps you can take to reduce that risk and ensure your piste de resistance doesn’t go up in flames.
If you don’t have a real tree at Christmas, make sure to purchase an artificial tree that is fire-retardant. It won’t prevent a fire completely but it definitely takes longer for the flames to catch and spread.
Here are some top tips to help you out:
We all love a Christmas decoration, whether it’s the retro foil garlands or the more traditional wreaths, we love to make our homes feel as festive as they can be. Have you ever really given it any thought what your decorations are made of? Probably not and unfortunately, a large proportion of them are made from flammable materials.
Be careful and thoughtful with where you put your decorations. Keep them a distance from anything which will generate heat such as lights, candles and heaters and try to keep them well spaced. The further they are apart and away from things, the harder it is for fire to spread.
Christmas lights are one of the most popular decorations during the festive season. Who doesn’t love a twinkly light at this time of year? Domestic and commercial properties use them in equal measure to brighten up their premises but Christmas lights can pose a significant fire risk.
When using your lights this year, think about the following:
Overloading sockets is dangerous at any time of year but at Christmas, there’s usually a lot more than needs to be plugged in. Do not be tempted to overload sockets unsafely. Here are some top tips on safely using sockets:
Avoiding disaster is all about making sure you’re prepared. At Christmas, businesses and residential properties do have a lot to deal with so being confident about your fire safety equipment is key.
Ensure your fire alarms and smoke detectors are tested regularly throughout the holiday season and always have a supply of batteries to make sure you’re not tempted to remove them from safety equipment to power toys or decorations.
Having working fire alarms and fire extinguishers on hand can be the difference between two very different outcomes this festive season and it’s always better to be prepared.
Most importantly, have fun this festive season and stay safe.
From all at Anglia Fire Protection, we wish you a very merry Christmas.
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