Festive Season fire Safety

Whilst festive decorations brighten up the home, it is also important to make sure they are safe to avoid the risk of fire using our festive fire safety tips


Christmas Trees


If you opt for a live tree, remember that they can dry out and become a fire hazard, so make sure you:


  • Keep it well-watered


  • Place it away from heat sources


  • Dispose of it after the festive period (check your council website to find out their tree collection dates)


Fairy Lights


  • Turn all the lights off before you go to bed and whenever you go out


  • Be careful not to overload sockets with lots of plugs from multiple strings of lights


  • Don’t let the bulbs touch anything that can easily burn


Candles and Tea Lights


  • Put your candles or tea lights in snug-fitting holders on heat resistant surfaces


  • Make sure all candles are completely extinguished before you go to bed or if you go out


  • Place them away from curtains and out of any draughts


  • Make sure there’s more than a metre between your candles or tea lights and any surface above


  • Keep well out of reach of children and pets.


Paper Chains and Decorations


Make sure you keep any decorations well away from heaters, lights, candles and fireplaces.