East Sussex Firefighters Warn Of Christmas Fire Hazards

Monday 12th December 2016

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We’re being reminded that candles and Christmas decorations don’t mix, by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Andrews said, “Decorating your home is obviously a fun part of the preparations for Christmas, but it is really important to be careful about where you put your decorations. Candles in particular are often used and any naked flame increases the chances of an accidental fire. Please don’t leave them unattended or near items which could catch alight. And make sure they are properly out when you go to bed at night.”

Candles and decorations for celebrations 

Candles and night lights are often used at Christmas.

Make sure you don't put candles in, or by, a Christmas tree, plants, flowers or other foliage.

You should also take care to keep ribbons, festive decorations made of tissue paper or cardboard, and greetings cards away from heaters, lights, fireplaces and candles.

Decorative lights and electrical safety

Fairy lights and Christmas tree lights don't get used very often, so you should make sure they are in good working order before using them:

  • check that lights aren't damaged or broken and look out for loose or worn wires
  • check that the fuse in the plug is the right size - the lights' packaging should tell you the maximum size of fuse you should use
  • don't overload sockets
  • replace any bulbs that blow
  • switch the lights off when you go to bed or leave the house
  • don't let the bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, like paper or fabrics and other Christmas tree decorations

If you are unsure about the safety of last year's Christmas lights, don't use them – and remember make sure you have a working smoke alarm in the house

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