While fire safety is important throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant during the festive season. This is why Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is asking you to take extra care over the festive season to ensure that you, your families and loved ones are protected from fire.
Extra fire risks around Christmas include:
- More cooking and potentially cooking while under the influence of alcohol
- More use of candles in the home
- Decorations that may burn easily
- Christmas tree lights that may be faulty
Here are some tips on how to keep safe this Christmas and of course, at all times:
- Don’t cook if you’ve been drinking
- Don’t leave food that’s being cooked unattended
- Don’t place candles close to a Christmas tree or near materials that can catch alight easily
- Don’t leave candles, lighters and matches in the reach of children and keep candles in suitable holders
- Don’t overload electrical sockets
- Don’t put decorations on lights or heaters
- Remember to switch off Christmas lights and unplug them before you go to bed
- Check that your Christmas tree lights have this British safety Standard sign
The colder weather that comes with Christmas time means that people are more likely to use additional or alternative heating sources which can mean an increased risk of a fire. Make sure you don’t put decorations on heaters or lights and remember to not use heaters to dry clothes. Heaters can start a fire when things are too close to them so ensure they are out the way from curtains, clothes, furniture and other material.
Remember to test your smoke alarms regularly and test the smoke alarms of someone you know who may need help such as an older relative or neighbour. You should have smoke alarms installed in all levels of your home.
Everyone at Merseyside Fire & Rescue wish you a very happy and safe Christmas!