With Christmas approaching and the weather turning colder, you might be getting out your electric blanket, portable heater and fairy lights to stay warm and cosy. Here are some tips to help you stay safe this festive season.
Make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it regularly
Never cook while under the influence of alcohol
When using an open fire, use a fireguard and make sure it’s put out properly when you leave or go to bed
Keep your chimney clean and well maintained
Keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture. Don’t use them for drying clothes, they could catch fire
Always unplug electric heaters when you go out or go to bed
If you have an electric blanket, do not use a hot water bottle. Water and electricity don’t mix
Unplug electric blankets before you go to bed, unless they have thermostat control for safe all-night use
Make sure older relatives and neighbours are warm and safe, and have working smoke alarms
Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily
Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Never leave burning candles unattended
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
Check your Christmas tree lights carry this British Safety Standard sign
Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #FestiveFireTips
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In trials, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service saved 17 minutes through using the Cobra instead of traditional methods.
Remember, smoke alarms save lives. Install them on every level of your home and test them regularly.
Fire door safety Fire doors save lives and property but they need to be fitted and used correctly.
About 3 million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK. However, in a survey among fire risk assessors, 80% of escape routes were obstructed, 65% of fire doors were wedged open and 85% had door closers disconnected.
Fire Kills is a national campaign run in partnership by the government and the 46 fire and rescue authorities in England. The aim of Fire Kills is to prevent accidental fires in the home and consequent loss of life or injury. The brand ‘Fire Kills’ brings together messages about domestic fire safety under one recognisable banner, uniting local and national activity. It's become one of the most enduring brands in existence in the public sector.