The festive season is just around the corner and that means one thing: it’s time to start thinking about when you’re going to put the Christmas decorations up! Whether you like to keep it simple with a few lights or you go all-out every year, it’s important you keep fire safety in mind during the festive period.
Each and every year, people put themselves at risk of fire by using faulty leads and appliances, placing items too close to heat or using equipment and appliances incorrectly. These mistakes are easy to make, but they could cost you your home or even your life, so it’s absolutely crucial you’re clued up on fire safety when it comes to decorating.
Below, we share our top three fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe this Christmas.
Inspect the condition of your Christmas lights
Often, we get out our Christmas lights each year and put them up without taking the time to inspect them. However, over the years, your lights are prone to wear and tear and you could be dealing with old or frayed wiring, which could be very dangerous.
This year, make sure you check your lights before you wrap them round the Christmas tree or hang them up. Make sure they have the British or European Safety mark on them and always replace them if you notice any signs of damage. We recommend using LEDs instead of traditional filament Christmas lights as they are lower voltage and generate less heat, reducing the risk of them lighting something on fire.
Be careful decorating near lights and candles
It’s important you pay special attention when decorating near fireplaces, lights, radiators, heaters and candles. If a decoration falls down onto any of these, it can quickly catch fire, which is why it’s best to avoid hanging decorations near sources of heat. Tinsel and garlands are lovely Christmas decorations, but if they’re placed too close to sources of heat, they could provide the perfect kindling for a fire – so it’s best to steer clear.
Turn the Christmas lights off when you leave the house or go to bed
We can all be forgetful sometimes, especially after a mulled wine and a Christmas movie. However, it’s important you turn your Christmas lights off every time you leave the house or go to bed. While it may feel tempting to leave the lights on throughout the day or during the night so your home remains festive, it’s not a good idea to leave your lights on while you’re away from the house or in bed.
Not only can lights rack up your energy bills, but if something was to happen while you’re not in the house, you could be in big trouble. Instead, make sure you switch off the lights at the wall sockets to keep your family and home safe.
At E K Fire Protection Ltd, we offer fire protection services for businesses. If you’re an employer or the appointed responsible person for fire safety in your workplace, we can go through everything you are legally required to put in place to make sure you’re fully safe and covered. Visit our website for more information.