Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Fire Safety Tips from Merseyside Fire and Rescue

Fire Safe at Christmas Tips

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to enjoy a happy and safe Christmas this year by following some simple fire safety advice.

When the celebrations take place over the festive period people sometimes forget about fire safety in the home.


Most house fires start in the kitchen and people are asked to take care when cooking the Christmas dinner.

Food should never be left cooking on the hob unattended and people should not cook while under the influence of alcohol.

People should avoid cooking while tired and should be careful not to fall asleep while food is cooking in the oven.


Christmas decorations and stray wrapping paper can burn easily and cause a fire. Decorations should never be attached to lights or heaters and should be kept away from candles.

Candles should not be lit near curtains or combustible materials and keep them away from the Christmas tree. They should also be kept out of the reach of children and pets. Ensure candles are put out when leaving the room and they should be placed in a correct holder.

Christmas tree lights should always be switched off when going to bed or when leaving the house and people should never overload plug sockets. People are also advised to check that Christmas lights carry the British Standard Safety sign.


Heaters should be kept away from curtains and furniture. They should be switched off after use and should not be used for drying clothes.

People should ensure open fires are out properly when they go to bed and they are advised to use a fire guard. Never hang decorations over an open fire.

Electric blankets should be unplugged before going to bed and hot water bottles should not be used with electric blankets.

People should also close the doors to each room when they go to bed.

Vulnerable People

People are advised to check on older relatives or neighbours during the winter period and ensure they have working smoke alarms.

Residents are also asked to check on vulnerable people in the community, particularly those who live alone.


People should ensure cigarettes are completely stubbed out in a proper, heavy ash tray that will not topple over.

Residents should never smoke in bed and should take care when tired.

Smoke Alarms

It is advised that people have a smoke alarm fitted on every floor of their property and smoke alarms should be tested every week.

A smoke alarm can give a vital early warning to escape a fire. In the event of a fire people should get out, stay out and call 999.

For free fire safety advice call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958.