IT’S the season to be jolly, but you may not be so jolly if those Christmas lights you’ve treasured for so many years decide to pack-in with a vengeance and go out in a blaze of glory.
Of course Christmas lights are not the only potential dangers we are surrounded by at this time of year, so here are 10 top tips for festive safety devised by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
- Are your sockets overloaded? Use our handy calculator to check and make your home safer: Socket overload calculator
- Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings. Don’t leave them burning unattended. View candle safety information.
- Decorations can burn easily – Don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
- Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, unless they’re designed to stay on. Take special care with Christmas lights. Always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before you go to bed.
- Most fires start in the kitchen – never leave cooking unattended. View kitchen fire safety information.
- If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby. View firework safety information.
- Check the battery in your smoke alarm every week and use Christmas as a reminder to clean it and remove dust. View more information about smoke alarms.
- Keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
- Make sure your family and visitors staying for the festive period know what to do in an emergency. Practice a fire escape plan.
- Take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas – make sure they are fire safe.
If you follow these tips then you can concentrate on relaxing with family and friends and make sure you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Click the link before for some more tips from Santa himself!