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05-12-2014

Christmas fire safety

It’s the first week of December and so we start the countdown to Christmas. This weekend is the busiest time for buying Christmas trees, and we’ll be pulling those fairy lights and decorations out of the loft, lighting some candles and hanging paper decorations. So it would seem like a good time to repeat some seasonal safety advice.

The UK Fire Services Resources website has a very useful checklist covering everything we use to decorate our homes, including fairy lights, candles and decorations. But perhaps the most powerful aspect of this page is the link to a video, showing just how quickly a Christmas tree can catch fire and then spread flames and noxious gases through the house. It’s pretty scary.

So, without wanting to be a killjoy, we would just like to remind you to make sure you deck the halls in a sensible way so that you have a safe – as well as a very happy – festive season.

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