Over Christmas there are lots of extra fire hazards in the home and the London Fire Brigade wants you to hear only silver bells over the festive period not sirens.
Fires in London’s homes in December have reduced by 21 per cent over the past five years. In 2014 there were 529 fires in homes while last year this had reduced to 416. To keep on Santa’s nice list the Brigade have issued some top safety tips to help everyone step into Christmas safely.
- Keep candles away from Christmas trees, curtains or anything else that could catch fire and don’t leave them burning unattended.
Learn more about candle safety
- Check your Christmas tree lights conform with safety standards and always switch them off before going to bed.
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- Don’t attach decorations to lights or heaters – they can overheat and catch fire.
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- Make sure you have a fire escape plan and share this with everyone in your household and any guests staying over Christmas.
Know your escape plan
- Don’t leave cooking unattended, it’s safer to take pans off the heat and turn the hob, oven or grill off.
Cooking safety advice for all
- Make sure new electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them.
- Don’t overload plug sockets.
- Check on elderly relatives and neighbours and make sure they are safe.
- Test your smoke alarms and make sure they are working. Fit a heat alarm in the kitchen – this will detect an increase in temperature caused by fire, but not be set off by cooking fumes.
Get up to speed on which alarms you need, or need more of
- If you smoke over the Christmas make sure you don’t get distracted and ensure your smoking material is extinguished properly.
Get more smoking safety advice
London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: “Fire is devastating at anytime of year but this is heightened more at Christmas time with wrapped presents destroyed and families displaced. While some may wish for a white Christmas, we want everyone to enjoy a safe Christmas.”