Christmas is a time for friends and family, enjoying nibbles and a tipple, pulling crackers, twinkling decorations and opening presents!
Remember to be fire safe in the midst of all the festivities and follow our safety tips:
- Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch alight easily. Make sure they are out of reach from children and pets.
- Don’t cook if you have been drinking and always look when you cook.
- Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign. Avoid using lights with worn or frayed cables.
- Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
- Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
- Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.
- Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week. Never remove them.
- Take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are potentially at greater risk from fire.
Be Warm. Be Safe.
With energy bills rising you may be looking at cheaper ways to keep your heat your home this winter. Check out our top tips to make sure you are staying warm safely this winter and not putting your safety, or that of others at risk.
Stay safe on the road this Christmas
You may think that having one or two drinks doesn’t matter but even a small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely so the best advice is to make alternative travel arrangements or avoid alcohol completely if you are driving.
Alcohol makes your reactions much slower and makes processing information more difficult, so when driving this can impact on decision making and reactions times, putting you, your passengers and other road users at risk.
Driving in extreme weather conditions can also be very dangerous, follow our safety tips to prevent any accidents this winter.