Don’t let your Christmas go up in smoke!

So, we’ve given you some tips on how to protect your home from burglaries over Christmas but there is another danger that lurks in every home and is more prevalent over Christmas – that of the house fire.

Every home should have a smoke alarm and we’ve discussed the various types of smoke alarms in a previous blog.

Here are some Christmas specific tips to keep you safe:

Christmas Trees

  • Test your Christmas tree lights before using them
  • Never leave your Christmas tree lights on over night
  • Don’t place your Christmas tree close to a heater or fire place


  • Ensure candles are in secure holders
  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Make sure candles are blown out before going to bed
  • Don’t place candles too close to Christmas decorations or Christmas Trees

Electrical Appliances

  • Don’t overload power adapters and extensions leads
  • Don’t leave new appliances such as mobile phones charging overnight
  • Ensure all cables are in good condition

Fire Places

  • Always use a fireguard with an open fire
  • Never place clothes or papers near the fire
  • Carefully dispose of cold fireplace ashes

Cigarettes & Alcohol

  • Be aware of smokers who fall asleep holding a lit cigarette
  • Take care with lighting a Christmas pudding.  Do not pour alcohol straight from the bottle – use a non-flammable container such an eggcup.


One Response to “Don’t let your Christmas go up in smoke!”

  1. Dave on December 21st, 2009 8:54 pm

    The amount of christmas tree lights i still see on overnight is ridiculous. I hope more people read this blog and take note.

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