Top tips to stay safe from fire this Christmas

Hampshire Fire and Rescue service offers safety advice Credit: ITV Meridian

Spending time at home during the festive season often means Christmas tree lights, log fires and candles which all pose a potential risk of fire.

To keep you safe this Christmas Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have gathered some top tips in time for the festivities.

  • Check your Christmas tree lights are in good working order and conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598)

  • Always unplug Christmas lights before leaving the house or going to bed

  • Do not overload sockets - these can be a big fire risk

  • Fully extinguish any cigarettes and never smoke in bed

  • Check all of your smoke alarms - if they don't work replace them or if you don't have one treat yourself to an early Christmas present

  • Take some time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours - check their smoke alarms are in good working order

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The number of fire-related deaths in England during 2015/16

  • Never leave burning candles unattended

  • Keep all candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children

  • Don't attach decorations to lights or heaters as they can burn easily and don't hang them close to candles

  • Make sure family, friends and visitors staying for the festive period know how to escape in an emergency - tell them where door and window keys are kept

Firefighters attended around 528,7001 incidents in England during 2015/16 Credit: PA
  • The kitchen is a high risk area - make sure you don't leave your Christmas dinner unattended

  • Switch off the oven and hob if you leave the house

  • The risk of accidents is greater after a few alcoholic drinks - make sure you take care in the kitchen