Streamers – Christmas decorations are often made of combustible materials. Never attach decorations to lights or heaters or place garlands immediately above or around fireplaces.
Familiarization – If you are having overnight guests who may be unfamiliar with your home, ensure that they know their quickest escape route in the event of a fire. Take particular care to ensure that any children, elderly visitors or people with disabilities can escape safely.
Electricity – Christmas is often a time when extra appliances are used. As a general rule, one socket should accommodate one plug, but if you must use adapters and extension leads, do not overload them and ensure that cords are in good condition.
Illuminations – Test Christmas lights before putting them on the tree. Replace sets of old lights, especially those that are not in perfect working condition. Remember to turn them off at night and when you leave to go out.
Parties – A house full of people always presents more hazards than usual, particularly in the kitchen and especially if the drinks have been flowing. Take extra care. If you have been drinking, don’t drive. If your guests have been drinking, don’t let them drive.
Alarms – Never take the batteries from your smoke alarm to run toys and other gifts. Buy a stock of batteries before Christmas. Remember to test your smoke alarm as usual. If you have music at your parties, make sure you can still hear the fire alarm.
Candles – Never leave candles unattended and never put lit candles in or near a Christmas tree.
Each year a number of families have their Christmas end through the tragedy of fire. This year, implement the 100% Safe Culture at home as you do at work.
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