It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but traditions around Christmas can result in it being a more hazardous time of the year with regards to fire safety.
Over the festive period many of us host parties and meals which mean we’re cooking more and probably drinking more too; our homes are filled with trees and decorations which are often flammable; and we might use candles to create a special atmosphere. All these things, and the added fun and social interaction with our families and friends means that the risks of a fire happening may increase slightly – we don’t want you to worry about this, we just want to remind you to be extra careful.
So, in the lead up to Christmas Day we’ll be sharing a safety message each day!
Another potential risk associated with December is the colder weather. In the winter months, you may begin to use additional or alternative heating sources in a bid to stay warm as the temperature drops. If you’re using electrical sources to keep warm this winter, then you can find all of the safety information here: https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/advice-for-you/winter-tips/
- Don’t cook if you have been drinking and never leave cooking unattended.
- Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch alight easily.
- Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Never leave lit candles unattended.
- Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
- Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
- Take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are potentially at greater risk from fire.
- Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.
- Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.
With the weather usually worsening over the Christmas period, it’s important to be extra careful when out on the roads.
Is your car winter ready? Follow the RAC’s top tips here: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/how-to/preparing-your-car-for-winter/
There’s also an increased number of people out celebrating & under the influence of alcohol over Christmas.
If you’re intending to drive, please make sure you are refreshed & if you’re already on the road & get tired – take a break! Don’t speed and don’t drive after drinking, or with a hangover.
If you’re heading out and you’re going to have a drink, leave your car at home. It’s not worth taking the chance.
Merry Christmas from everybody here at West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
✨It’s a pleasure to present our Christmas parody ‘A Tale of Safe & Well’. ✨
🎤Performed by Firefighter Jon Arey & featuring Abi Austin with the Fixby Songbirds.
🎄Have a fantastic Christmas from everybody here at WYFRS & stay safe throughout the Festive season.
👍 Speical thanks to The University Of Huddersfield for use of their studio & song production.
🙌Parody of the original song by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl.
Find all of our Christmas Safety information here: https://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/…/ho… #SafeAndWellXmas
Each day in the run up to Christmas Day we’ll be reminding you of key safety messages. Keep up to date with our messages via social media on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.
Getting ready to decorate your Christmas tree? This could be the year to chuck out those old fairy lights and replace them with much safer and cheaper to run LED lights.
If you are treating yourself and the family to new tree lights this Christmas, then please make sure you buy a set that conforms to British standards and has the CE mark. Always switch them off when you go to bed and when you go out.
If you’re thinking of lighting up the neighbourhood with some jazzy outside decorations, make sure you use lights that are suitable for external use.
Have you checked your smoke detectors are working recently? The easiest way to keep your family and pets safe in your home this Christmas is to have working smoke alarms. Test them weekly.
Are you lighting up your Christmas with candles? Candles are pretty but can be dangerous if not placed in stable, non-combustible holders, kept away from draughts, pets and children. Keep them away from your curtains too!
Keep any Christmas decorations which are made of paper, felt or other combustible materials away from the fire and any other heat sources including the fairy lights.
We hope you’re out celebrating the festive season and having lots of fun with friends and family. If you are, and you’re going to have a drink, leave your car at home. It’s not worth taking the chance.
Santa likes mince pies so you’d best get baking! But avoid cooking when you’re tired, when you’re drinking, and when you’re distracted.
When displaying your cards, keep them well away from draughts and fires and other heat sources including fairy lights. Try and secure them so they can’t be knocked over by inquisitive pets and children.
In the unlikely event you have a fire in your home this Christmas, make an escape plan. Plan your route out and once you are out – stay out. Always have easy access to a phone at night, and during the day, and make sure you can quickly access your keys.
In the chaotic run-up to Christmas, it’s probably been at least a week since you tested your smoke detector and your tree’s more than likely in need of a drink to stop it drying out. Take a moment to test that detector now and rehydrate yourself and your tree with a nice glass of water.
There’s some wonderful light-up decorations in the shops so It’s tempting to go overboard decorating your home this Christmas. Use this calculator to ensure you don’t overload your sockets.
Don’t have nightmares, but Christmas is a great time for burglars too. Take a lead from Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone and don’t let them ruin your Christmas. Try not to leave gifts on display. Consider using light timer switches and leave a radio on when you go out.
Make sure you and your family have sweet dreams by having a good night time routine to keep you safe from fire. When you go to bed ensure you’ve switched off all lights and electrical items, extinguish any candles, and close all your doors. 3 sleeps till Christmas!!!
Most people love Christmas but not everyone gets to enjoy it with friends and family. If you know someone who might be lonely this Christmas have a look on this interactive map to see whether there’s an event near you. You could even offer them a lift? https://www.reengage.org.uk/support-us/community-christmas/map/
Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la la la la la (3 x holly emoji) When decking the halls ensure you don’t overload your sockets and ensure there’s no trailing wires. We don’t want Santa slipping, tripping and falling do we?
Driving home for Christmas? Is your car winter ready? Check your tyre pressures, top up your coolant and screen wash with antifreeze. Allow extra time for your journeys.
Whether it’s lighting indoor fireworks, candles or your Christmas pudding, you are more than likely to have some matches lying around at this time of year. Try to use a safety lighter instead but whatever you use don’t leave them lying around where children can play with them.
Have you got a real tree this Christmas? It’s not just you that needs hydrating to stay healthy – make sure your tree is well watered. A dry tree will burn a lot quicker than one that’s had its thirst quenched!
Candles are always lovely at Christmas but make sure they’re well out of reach of pets and children, away from draughts and in proper holders. Remember to blow them out at the end of the day. Better still, consider LED candles instead!