From candles to trees, Christmas can be one of the most dangerous times of the year for fire.
Between 10 December 2018 and 14 January 2019, there were 509 house fires which left 91 people hurt.
If you’re celebrating this Christmas, a little preparation and planning can help you enjoy the festive period safely.
Avoid the risk of a Christmas tree fire by keeping your tree in an open area away from any heat sources.
Keep candles away from Christmas trees, curtains, or anything else that could catch fire, and don’t leave them burning unattended. Consider using LED tea lights instead.
You should also check your Christmas tree lights conform with safety standards and always switch them off before going to bed.
If you’re hanging lights outside, make sure they’re suitable for outdoor use and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not trail leads through puddles, snow, or across paths where they’re likely to get trodden on.
For indoor lights, overloading plug sockets can also pose a very real fire risk to your home, so don’t plug too many things in at once.
It can be easy to get distracted during festive celebrations, especially if you’re hosting guests in your home. But however busy your house gets, never leave the cooking unattended, and avoid cooking while under the influence of alcohol.
If you’re celebrating, enjoy the festivities with your friends and family! Before guests come over, give your smoke alarm a quick test to ensure it’s working, and remember to be mindful of your neighbours and keep noise to a minimum.
If you need us over the Christmas period, we’re still here to help. Just call us on 020 7780 3070.
Visit the London Fire Brigade website for further advice.