‘Tis the season to be jolly and safe! The festive period should be filled with joy, laughter, loved ones and good food. However, many people still get their tinsel in a tangle when it comes to Christmas fire safety precautions. Seem familiar? Don’t worry, in this post, Coal Hut are providing you with a checklist of festive fire safety tips for the holiday season to ensure that your days stay merry and bright. We’ll cover everything fire safety related, including Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, fireplaces, kitchens and more. Christmas comes but once a year, make sure you’re ready for it!
Smoke alarm - Test your smoke alarm on a monthly basis and only remove batteries when you are replacing them for a new set. At least when you burn your Xmas pudding, you won’t bring the house down with it!
Christmas lights - Ensure that all Christmas lights in your home carry the British Safety Standard Sign. Low-quality, cheap alternatives are more likely to combust, creating a potential fire hazard.
Candles - Refrain from leaving your cinnamon-scented candles near your Christmas tree or any other flammable material. The only thing that should be burning is our coal, smokeless fuel and fire logs in your open fire or multi-fuel stove.
Fireplaces - Be cautious around fireplaces and multi-fuel stoves when you are roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Stray pieces of clothing are liable to ignite in flames. To combat against this, use a fireguard when possible.
Electrical sockets - Never overload electrical sockets. And each night before bed, be sure to switch off all of your Christmas lights. No one will be awake to see your ‘Santa stop here’ sign anyways.
Children - Keep any flammable objects out of the reach of children, such as candles, lighters and matches. The only thing that should light up is their eyes on Christmas morning after a visit from St. Nick.
Christmas decorations - Decorations have a tendency to catch fire easily and should therefore not be attached to any lights or room heaters.
Fireworks - It is paramount that fireworks are stored in a safe and secure place. After lighting a firework, never return to check on it and always keep a bucket of water on standby.
Kitchen - Never leave your turkey, Brussels sprouts or pigs in blankets unattended while they are in the oven. And if you have had a couple of sherries or mulled wines, we recommend letting someone else cook.
Fire escapes - If you are having a Christmas party, make sure that all guests are made aware of the nearest fire exit. This will minimise confusion if the worst should happen.
Cigarettes - Although we recommended that guests are politely asked to smoke outside, it is imperative that all lit cigarettes are stubbed out completely whilst indoors.
There you have it! Our checklist of festive fire safety tips for the holiday season. Now that you well-versed in Christmas fire safety precautions, it’s time to select your perfect fuel for the winter period.
Do you long for a traditional, roaring open fire? Coal Hut have a range of coals, smokeless fuels and fire logs that really add to that festive, homely feeling. Or perhaps you have a rustic stove to keep you warm this Christmas? Perfect, we have just the fuel to suit your requirements.
From everyone at Coal Hut, we wish you a Merry Christmas!
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