Fire Safe at Christmas Tips

Published on: Friday, 19-December-2014

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to stay safe from fire this Christmas by following some simple safety advice.

As the celebrations begin over the festive period, people are urged not to forget about fire safety in the home.

Cooking

Most house fires start in the kitchen and people are asked to take care when cooking the Christmas dinner and preparing food over the festive period.

Food should never be left cooking on the hob unattended and people are urged not cook while under the influence of alcohol.

People should avoid cooking while tired and should be careful not to fall asleep while food is cooking in the oven.

Residents should also ensure cookers and electrical appliances are switched off after use.

Decorations

Christmas decorations and wrapping paper should be kept away from sources of heat, such as candles, lights and heaters, as they can easily catch fire.

Candles should not be lit near curtains or combustible materials. They should be kept away from the Christmas tree and out of reach of children and pets. Candles should be completely extinguished after use and they should be placed in a correct holder.

Christmas tree lights should always be switched off when going to bed or when leaving the house and people should never overload plug sockets. People are also advised to check that Christmas lights carry the British Standard Safety sign.

Safe Heating

Heaters should be kept away from curtains and furniture. They should be switched off after use and should never be used to dry clothes.

Open fires should be properly extinguished before going to bed and people are advised to use a fire guard.

Electric blankets should also be unplugged before going to bed.

People should also close the doors to each room when they go to bed, which can prevent the fire spreading if a fire breaks out.

Wheat bags should not be placed under bed clothes. If the bag is kept insulated it may ignite. People should always follow the manufacturers’ guidelines.

Vulnerable People

People are advised to check on older relatives or neighbours during the winter period and ensure they have working smoke alarms.

Residents are also asked to check on vulnerable people in the community, particularly those who live alone.

Smoking

People should ensure cigarettes are completely stubbed out in a proper, heavy ash tray that will not topple over.

Residents should never smoke in bed and should take care when tired.

Smoke Alarms

It is advised that people have a smoke alarm fitted on every floor of their property and smoke alarms should be tested every week.

A smoke alarm can give a vital early warning to escape a fire. In the event of a fire people should get out, stay out and call 999.

For free fire safety advice call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958.