Stay safe in your home this Christmas

Thirteen is reminding its customers to take extra care of themselves and their family this Christmas, when there are more dangers around the home.

christmas stocking and decorations with fire

3 Dec 2020

Every year there are serious accidents, which can easily be prevented by following some simple fire safety tips.

Fire safety tips

  • Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters
  • We would advise that you don't use candles, but if you do - please never place them near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch fire easily, such as paper, fabric or plastic surfaces
  •  Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children and never leave burning candles unattended
  • Never overload electrical sockets and always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house
  • Check wires are not frayed, and cables are connected to the plug before using any electrical items
  • Ensure electrical items have a British or European safety mark
  • Don’t charge mobile phones and laptops overnight or when you go out
  • Most fires start in the kitchen. Never leave cooking unattended or drink alcohol while you’re cooking
  • Test your smoke alarms every month and only remove batteries when replacing them
  • If you smoke in your home, make sure cigarettes are put out properly
  • If you have bought fireworks, store them safely, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby
  • Take care around electric heaters for items that might catch fire (like furniture, curtains, or bedding)
  • Always take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas, and make sure they are safe and aware of these fire safety tips, as they are at a greater risk from fire.