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Fire Safety Tips for the Christmas Season
Dec 15, 2018

With the long cold evenings upon us and Christmas just around the corner, Home Instead Senior Care have Fire safety tips to help keep this Christmas season a safe and happy one! 

  • Install smoke alarms and check them weekly. 
  • Always use a proper candle holders and make sure the candle fits firmly inside it.
  • Leave plenty of space above and around the candle and candle holder. 
  • Keep candles away from curtains, Christmas cards and anything that can catch fire. 
  • Never leave candles unattended or go to sleep when they are alight. 
  • Make sure your Christmas tree has a good base or is attached to the wall.
  • Remember that natural trees dry out and make very good fuel to start a fire. 
  • Natural trees should be placed in a suitable stand with water. 
  • Add water to your Christmas tree stand daily. 
  • Keep your Christmas tree at least one metre away from any heat source. 
  • Be careful with any decorations placed near the fireplace. 
  • Switch off all Christmas tree lights before going to bed. 
  • Make sure that you put a spark guard around an open fire when it is unattended.
  • Ensure your chimney is cleaned twice a year. 
  • Visit any elderly neighbours. 
  • Smoke alarms make good presents as they're for life saving.

Open fires are used for longer periods during the Christmas period as people spend a lot more time at home. Electrical items and extension leads are used more. Add in flammable decorations, candles and alcohol and it becomes apparent that the risks increase during the festive season. 

So be alert, and make sure you don’t take any risks when it comes to Fire safety this Christmas season!