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12 tips to ensure you have a safe Christmas

Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard Photo: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment
  • On the 1st day of Christmas. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard. Always use a residual current device (safety device that can save lives by instantly switching off power) on outdoor electrical equipment.
Keep candles away from Christmas trees and furnishings Credit: Valentina Petrova/AP/Press Association Images
  • On the 2nd day of Christmas. Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings.
  • On the 3rd day of Christmas. Make sure family and visitors staying for the festive period, know what to do in an emergency. Make a fire escape plan.
  • On the 4th day of Christmas - Decorations can burn easily - don't attach them to lights or heaters.
Never hang decorations on heaters or lights Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment
  • On the 5th day of Christmas. Never overload electrical sockets. Take special care with Christmas lights. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
Never overload electrical sockets at Christmas Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment
  • On the 7th day of Christmas. Most fires start in the kitchen, never leave a cooker unattended.
  • On the 8th day of Christmas. If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
Store fireworks in a metal box and read the instructions Credit: Silvia Izquierdo/AP/Press Association Images
  • On the 9th day of Christmas. Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before going to bed.
  • On the 10th day of Christmas - Check the battery in your smoke alarm every week and use Christmas as a reminder to clean it and remove dust.
  • On the 11th day of Christmas - Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • On the 12th day of Christmas - Take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas - make sure they are fire safe.