Fire safety is a top priority within our homes. Now we well into December, it’s time for us to keep our homes warm and for those who celebrate the Christmas holidays, to put up their decorations.
However, with the cost-of-living crisis, many of us will be turning to cheaper alternatives to light & heat up our homes. ITV reported that “people are turning to potentially lethal forms of heating and lighting their homes to try to drive down their energy bills”.
Here are our top tips for keeping your home safe this Christmas:
“House fires caused by candles have hit its highest level in more than a decade”.
Candles are becoming increasingly popular. Although they’re great for decorations and useful to light up your home this Christmas, they are a fire hazard if not used properly.
Therefore, here are our fire safety suggestions for using candles:
Some other great alternatives to candles this Christmas are battery operated LED candles. They are much less likely to start a fire, especially if left unattended or forgetting to turn them off, to give you that extra peace of mind that your home is safe. All our tips do not apply to these kinds of candles, making them perfect for fire safety.
Christmas lights, such as fairy lights are a big fire safety issue at Christmas. It is very common for people to leave on their Christmas lights when they are not home.
Christmas trees, more specifically real Christmas trees, are a huge concern for fire safety. If they catch on fire, they can spread in seconds as shown in this Fire Kills Campaign video here.
Our tips for Christmas tree fire safety are:
To ensure the best fire safety within your home, make sure you have fitted working smoke alarms on every floor and make sure to test them regularly.
Following a fire, it is most important that the clean-up begins as soon as possible to minimise any lasting damage. Our fire and smoke damage cleaning team are available on a 24/7 call out for emergencies and we will work quickly and effectively to restore your home or business to get you back on your feet again as quickly as possible.
For further information about our services, please contact us on our freephone number 0800 030 4360.