Where has this year gone?! Christmas is just around the corner and after the year it’s been everyone deserves to have a safe and happy festive period. With that in mind, and to ensure you stay as safe as can be, we’ve listed below some top ways to have a fire safe Christmas!
- First things first, you guessed it, make sure you have a working smoke alarm! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s the most important thing to keep you safe in the home.
- Get your kitchen ready for Christmas dinner. You may have fewer people to cook for this year but a tidy cook is a safe cook as the saying goes…! A build up of grease could ignite or clutter around the hob could mean items catch fire. Read more on cook safe here. If you do have a fire it is important to get out, stay out and call us out rather than try and tackle it yourself. Remember, after drinking alcohol, the risk of accidents in the kitchen is greater, don’t be tempted to cook when under the influence.
- Light your house up with CE marked and tangle free fairy lights. Old, damaged or non-compliant electricals may not be safe. Turning lights and appliances off before bed is also important…and saves electricity!
- Chimney swept for Father Christmas?! If you are heating the house with a log burner it is important that the chimney is clean.
- If you have a real Christmas tree it is important to still keep it watered even though it is no longer in the ground. A dry tree could ignite and burn much quicker.
- Mulled wine scented candle on the go to remind you of Christmas markets you can’t attend this year? Make sure you light candles safely away from items that could easily ignite or children or pets that could knock it over. Our crews have had to attend several candle fires so read the information here on how to keep safe.
- Don’t overload plug sockets
- Keeping warm. Examine your electric blanket regularly for signs of wear and damage. Do not use it if it is over 10 years old. Make sure if you use a heater you don’t sit too close to it.
- Make sure you have plenty of batteries available for new toys that the kids get for Christmas. Don’t remove the ones from your smoke alarm.
Keep phoning relatives or neighbours to check they are okay and the safest and best wishes from all of us here at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.