Our fire safety team has come up with 12 top tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe at home this Christmas.
Candles may be Christmassy but they are also a leading cause of house fires; the fire brigade attended 234 candle fires in London in the past year, including one in a Lewisham Homes property in November. Make sure to never leave candles lit and unattended, keep them away from anything that could catch light and always use a candle holder or stand them on a plate. Even better, get your Christmas atmosphere with LED tea lights!
It’s the time of year when we hang our Christmas lights and start getting into the festive spirit. Make sure your lights are purchased from a reputable retailer and that they have the CE mark, or British safety standard BS EN 60598. Always switch off your Christmas lights before going to bed.
Christmas decorations from tinsel to pine cones can be flammable. Make your home is festive but safe by making sure not to attach your decorations to lights or heaters.
Test your smoke alarms regularly and immediately replace batteries when the low-power alert sounds. If you are unable to test your alarm yourself, get in touch our fire safety team [on email or on 0800 028 2 028] to arrange a visit from one of our operatives.
It’s nice to feel snug, and portable electric heaters can be a good, especially if you only want to warm up one room. But you must make sure they are in good working order, keep them well away from curtains and furniture, and never use them for drying clothes.
We do not recommend using portable gas heaters of any kind, and in many of our high-rise blocks it may be against your tenancy/lease agreement to have gas canisters at home.
Lots of late nights over Christmas? Make sure you keep your bedtime routine safe. Close all of your internal doors and unplug electrical items which are not designed to be permanently on.
Using your mobile phone more over Christmas? Make sure when you’re charging it to only use an approved charger for your phone and never leave it charging overnight. Cheap chargers are another leading cause of house fires.
Expecting family and friends to stay over the holidays? Make sure your visitors know how to get out of your home if a fire occurs and keep your escape routes clear from furniture and belongings.
Some of us like a drink when cooking the turkey. Have a jolly but safe Christmas by taking extra care when you’re cooking and never leave pans on the hob unattended.
If you smoke or have Christmas visitors who do, keep safe by never smoking in bed, check cigarettes are stubbed out and always use an ash tray.
If you have lots of wrapping paper and boxes hanging around after Christmas, put them in your recycling bin straight away to avoid a fire risk.