Stay safe from fire this winter

Everyone enjoys the festive cheer that a Christmas tree and decorations can bring to a home. But the sad fact is that all this can act as extra fuel for a potential house fire.

Top tips for preventing fire in the home

  • Test smoke alarms and CO detectors to check that they are working.
  • Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.
  • Don’t overload your plug sockets with electric heaters or fairy lights. Remember to turn everything off at night.
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on e.g. your fridge or freezer.
  • Check your cooker is turned off and don't be tempted to cook your Christmas turkey overnight. 
  • Don’t leave the washing machine or tumble dryer on. Switch them off.
  • Turn off free-standing electric heaters.
  • Put candles and cigarettes out properly. Do not smoke in bed.
  • Make sure your exits are kept clear, dispose of your rubbish and do not let it build up.
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them in an emergency.
  • Have a torch ready to use in case of a power failure. Do not use candles.

Safety in and around your home