Many of the things we enjoy during this festive period, such as fireworks, fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations, can all be fire hazards when proper care is not taken.
If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings. Don't leave them burning unattended.
Decorations can burn easily - Don't attach them to lights or heaters.
Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, unless they're designed to stay on. Take special care with fairy lights and outdoor lights. Always switch off and unplug lights before you go to bed.
Check your lights conform to the British Standard. Always use an RCD on outdoor electrical equipment (safety device that can save lives by instantly switching off the power)
Never leave cooking unattended.
Check the battery in your smoke alarm every week and use the New Year as a reminder to clean it and remove dust.
New Year celebrations are times to have fun with family and friends, so follow our simple fire safety tips to keep everyone safe to enjoy the festivities.
Last updated: Thursday, 11 May 2023