Stay safe this Christmas

Christmas is nearly here and many people will be looking forward to celebrating the festive period. With that in mind we have compiled some helpful tips on fire safety to ensure you keep safe when enjoying this special time of year.

From keeping you and your home warm to cooking festive food, our list will give you advice to stay safe.

Electric Blankets

  • Never go to sleep with an electric blanket on your bed. Around 65 fires per year are caused by faulty electric blankets, so ensure that this equipment is used under supervision, never left on when not in use and unplugged and stored safely when you’re finished using it.
  • Never use a hot water bottle in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if it’s switched off.

Smoke Alarms

  • Make sure that you test that your smoke alarm is working on a regular basis. You can even sign up for reminder alerts to test your smoke alarms or replace the batteries.
  • Never disconnect your smoke alarm.


  • Don’t leave candles unattended in your home. If you do light candles, make sure that they’re not close to any fabrics or flammable materials and are placed out of the reach of children.
  • If you have a power cut, use torches rather than lighting candles, as they’re safer and have a longer lifespan.

Portable Heaters

  • Do not use portable heaters to dry clothes or place them near to curtains or furniture.
  • On average, two fires a day are caused by portable heaters, so it’s essential to use them safely. Make sure they are secured against a wall wherever possible and unplugged before you go to bed or leave the house.

Cooking in the kitchen

  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean, a build-up of fat and grease can catch fire.
  • Avoid cooking if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or are taking medication that can make you drowsy.
  • Keep matches and saucepan handles out of the reach of children to keep them safe.
  • Never leave cooking unattended

Chip pan tips

  • Never fill a pan more than one-third full of fat or oil.
  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on.
  • Make sure that food is dried thoroughly before putting it in hot oil so that it doesn’t spit.
  • If the oil starts to smoke it is too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool otherwise it may catch fire.
  • Never put food into the pan if the oil is smoking.

If you are feeling hungry after drinking alcohol don't be tempted to turn on your oven, grill or light up the fryer, pop into your nearest takeaway instead.

Over 25 per cent of fatal fires attended are caused by careless cooking. Don't become a statistic. Don't drink and cook.