12 top tips to keep your Ho Ho Home safe at Christmas
Christmas is the time for festivity and excitement. But as you know it is also known for the beautiful Christmas decorations. The lights, fire lit candles, plastic/paper decorations, Christmas cards and artificial Christmas trees.
These are all fire hazards when proper care is not taken.
Did you know:-
In 2002, 1,000 people were estimated to have visited A&E in the UK after home accidents involving Christmas trees and 350 people after home accidents involving Christmas lights.
Source: Home Accident Surveillance System, 2002.
Candles sparked around 1,000 UK house fires, resulting in 9 deaths and 388 casualties, in 2011/12.
Fairy lights went up in smoke causing 20 fires, while Christmas trees, decorations and cards were also a fire risk and responsible for 47 house fires, leading to 20 non-fatal casualties, across the UK.
Source: 2011/12 Fire Statistics Great Britain from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Be safe with these 12days of top tips to keep your home fire free this Christmas
#12days of Christmas fire safety tips
- Day 1: Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard.
- Day 2: Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings and don’t leave them burning unattended.
- Day 3: Make a fire escape plan – just in case you have an emergency during the festive period.
- Day 4: Decorations can burn easily – Don’t attach them to lights or heater.
- Day 5: Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
- Day 6: Remember! After drinking alcohol, the risk of accidents in the kitchen is greater.
- Day 7 tip: Most fires start in the kitchen, so don’t leave cooking unattended.
- Day 8 tip: Drive safely this Christmas.
- Day 9 tip: If you smoke, make sure that your smoking material is extinguished before you go to bed.
- Day 10 tip: Use Christmas as a reminder to clean your smoke alarm to remove dust.
- Day 11 tip: Don’t overload plug sockets.
- Day 12 tip: Check on elderly relatives and neighbours – make sure they are fire safe.
Feel free to hover over the key words to bring you to useful links provided by ‘www.cheshirefire.gov.uk’.
Stay safe and have a very Merry Christmas from all at Kitchener 2000!