Batteries run out and smoke alarms can age over the years; so make sure you test them. It’s equally important to check up on other people’s smoke alarms – maybe a vulnerable neighbour or a family member in isolation – and make sure that they’re protected.
There should be a smoke alarm on each floor, mounted on the ceiling.
Stock up on batteries for Christmas Day, so you don’t feel tempted to take them out of your smoke alarms. If you test an alarm and it doesn’t work, replace it immediately.
When it comes to fire safety at Christmas, smoke alarms are the first line of defence. They buy valuable seconds in the event of a fire and have saved countless lives around the world – don’t forget how important they are.
Studies Show Increased Fire Risk During Lockdowns
In parts of the UK, insurers and fire departments reported a higher number of house fires during lockdown in March. Further warnings came as the UK’s tier system was introduced, and insurers warned of the dangers of home bonfires.
More time spent at home, along with all the festive drinking, decorations and lighting, can add up to more chances for a fire to break out. House fire incidents tend to increase in December – but lockdown could make it even worse.
With more people staying together (even if reduced during lockdown), the stakes are higher. We all want to have a great Christmas, especially after the events of this year; but let’s not let fire get in the way. Stay safe, look after yourself and others – and cover the basics.
Get the Basics of Fire Safety Right
- Once again – check your smoke alarms!
- Festive candles are a beautiful addition to decorations, but never leave them burning unattended. Make absolutely sure they’re out before you go to sleep
- Cooking at Christmas can get stressful and distracting. Take it slow, avoid cooking while drinking and don’t leave your cooking unattended
Stay Fire Safe
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