How to stay safe this Christmas 
The Christmas holidays should be a special time for celebration, ensure with the basic tips below that they don’t end in tragedy because without care it could be a Christmas to remember for the wrong reasons. 
Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency: - 
Let them know what to do in the event of a fire, what is the best escape route? 
Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign 
If you have old Christmas Lights seriously consider buying new ones, which will meet much higher safety standards, keep the lights switched off until the Christmas tree is decorated, don’t let children play with lights (some have swallowed the bulbs), and remember to switch off the lights when going out of the house or going to bed. 
Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week. Never remove them! 
Did you know…? You’re more than twice as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works. At least 18 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing. 
Most fires start in the kitchen: 
Avoid leaving a cooker unattended. 
Over half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents. 
Make sure cigarettes are put out properly. 
And also...... 
Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily. 
Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters. 
Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Never leave burning candles unattended. 
Never overload electrical sockets. 
Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause around 7,000 house fires across the UK every year. 
Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed. 
Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire. Not forgetting Santa’s Christmas stocking! 
Take time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they 
Are at greater risk from fire. 
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