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:
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