Tips To Reduce Chances of a Christmas Fire

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The most magical time of the year is just around the corner. However, it is not so magical having a Christmas fire or having to travel to A&E.

The National Accident Helpline estimate from their survey results that 500,000 people will have a Christmas fire. Therefore, here are some ways to reduce the chances of being included in these statistics.

Heat Sources

Ensure that decorations are kept away from any heat sources to avoid Christmas fires. These include open fires, candles, fireplaces and heaters. Firstly, ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working by testing them regularly so that if there is a fire, it can be noticed and dealt with efficiently.

  • Do not put your tree near any heat sources, especially real and dry Christmas trees as these are highly flammable
  • Do not leave candles unattended
  • Make sure candles and tea lights are in the correct containers, to avoid it melting through and burning what is underneath
  • Surfaces underneath should be fire resistant
  • Candles should be stable enough not to fall over, to avoid bringing the flame into contact with non fire resistant surfaces and objects
  • Keep candles out of reach from children or pets
  • Get chimneys swept before you start the seasons for open fires, cleaning out any debris that could be a hazard

Christmas Lights

Around 350 people are year are injured through Christmas lights, whether it be children choking on them, to electrical shocks and burns. To avoid this, be sure to check the lights properly before they are used. When unpacking, look for any signs of wear and tear can give an indication that it is time to buy some new lights.

Furthermore, it is recommended to use LED Christmas lights. This is because it uses a lower voltage, uses 80-90% less electricity and power, and are more durable due to being made from special plastic.

Here are some extra tips:

  • Do not leave them on at night or when leaving the house
  • Unplug your lights before deciding to water your tree and do not turn on until dried
  • Ensure the lights conform to British Standards BS EN 60598 or BS Kitemark
  • Make sure they are safe for indoor use rather than outdoor use
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets and extension leads and keep them indoors, even if the lights are suitable for outdoor use
  • Don’t let flammable decorations (e.g. cardboard/paper) touch the lights


A staggering 400,000 Christmas turkeys are burnt every year, and 600,000 burning themselves roasting chestnuts on an open fire.

When cooking a Christmas dinner, there are many dishes to think about and multi task, making it easier for fires to occur.

This can occur from:

  • Overheating oil, creating grease fires
  • Leaving pots and pans unattended when being used to cook
  • Having clutter everywhere that can catch fire whilst cooking
  • Leaving the oven unattended or forgotten about whilst cooking by not setting timers

If in the event of a Christmas fire, it is most important that the clean-up begins as soon as possible to minimise the lasting damage. Our fire and smoke damage cleaning team are available on a 24/7 call out including during the festive period and we work quickly and effectively to restore your home or business. We cover the South East of England including Sussex, Surrey, Kent & London.

For further information about our range of fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration services, please contact us on 0800 030 4360.

We hope you have a safe, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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