Holiday Fire Safety
Monday 6th December 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.
Even dating back to its earliest incarnations, Christmas and the holiday period has always and probably always will be, a time to invite light and warmth into your home. In earlier years, one of the ways that this was achieved was using candles. Candles are a great way of banishing the winter chill whilst bringing a glowing warmth into your home. In modern days, whilst candles are still used, electric holiday lights are much more prominent and much like candles, electric lights can be extremely dangerous if they are used incorrectly or not properly respected.
In today's blog, we are going to be sharing with you some of the ways that you can keep your home safe from fire this holiday season and ensure that you and your family have the safest festive season possible.
The kitchen Is one of the places that you will probably find yourself spending the most time in over the holiday season. Whilst kitchen fires are a danger which are ever-present, the increased distractions of people in the home over the holidays season (plus the odd glass of chef's wine!) has the danger of leading to cooking going unattended or further accidents occurring.
Christmas trees are highly flammable, not matter whether they are real or fake. Trees that shed needles easily should have extra attention paid to them. Shedding needles can be an indicator that that the tree is old or dry and therefore is an increased fire risk. Real trees should be kept watered to stop them from going dry.
For many, fireworks are a crucial part of many of the celebrations that take place throughout the holiday season. These celebrations range from Diwali to New Year's Eve. Below are a few fireworks safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season:
- Never return to a firework once you have lit it.
- Ensure that spectators and young children stay well back away from thr fireworks.
- Only use fireworks that conform to British standard BS 7114.
- When lighting fireworks, do so with a taper at arm's length.
- When storing fireworks, ensure that they are safe in a metal tin or box and keep them away from naked flames.
Christmas decorations such as tinsel can quickly become fuel for a disastrous fire during the holiday season, especially if they are close to something such as an open fire like a fireplace. Fairy lights can also be extremely dangerous as the heat that they emit can have the same effect as a naked flame.
As mentioned above, whilst fairy lights are a great way to brighten up your home, they can also be extremely dangerous if used incorrectly. Below are some considerations to keep in mind when it comes to decorating your home with fairy lights:
- Ensure that your lights conform to British Standard BS EN 60598
- Don't overload plug sockets to accommodate your lights.
- Turn off your lights when going to bed or leaving the house. A great way of managing this is with a switch timer. This way, your lights will turn off at a certain time of day, even if you forget.
- Ensure that your lights are not touching anything flammable such as fabric curtains or paper decorations.