Safety Precautions for a Safe Christmas

Update from Ian Taylor, Safer Communities coordinator for West Berkshire & Wokingham, Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue

Safety Precautions for a Safe Christmas

  • It’s easy to forget safety when you’ve had a few drinks, so if celebrating with alcohol take extra care. Never cook when you have been drinking alcohol.
  • If you are using decorative lights make sure they meet British Standards and are in good working order.
  • Make sure decorative lights are turned off at night and when you go out.
  • Make sure the plug for the decorative lights has the right size fuse (refer to the manufacturers instructions).
  • Candles are often used during celebrations and festivals – never leave them burning unattended or close to curtains or other objects that could catch fire.
  • Keep decorations, wrapping paper and greetings cards away from decorative lights, candles, fireplaces and heaters.
  • If you are using fireworks, always follow the firework code.
  • If you are having a party, or inviting guests to stay, make sure they know how to escape if a fire starts. Tell your guests where you keep door and window keys. If guests are smoking, ensure cigarettes are put out carefully in a proper ash tray.
  • Preparing food is a major part of most festivals, but many fires start in the kitchen. Cooking should never be left unattended and extra care should be taken when preparing deep fried food.

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