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Festive Fire Safety Guide

One of the greatest fire hazards over the Christmas period is not the burning of the turkey or ham, but a dry real Christmas tree and some old fashioned fairy lights. With 30% of Oz households preferring a real Christmas tree it is important that people are aware of any potential dangers and possible precautions to prevent any serious damage.

To prevent your tree and other items from becoming a fire hazard follow the advice from the fire services along with the following tips from our festive fire safety guide, to keep your home and your loved ones safe over the Christmas period.

Top Tips for Christmas Safety

When selecting your tree, check the needles are still firmly attached to the branches. Lightly tapping the trunk on the ground will cause dry needles to fall off and if this happens the tree is already dry, don’t buy it. Buying a good quality fresh tree will ensure it will last longer and be a safer investment for you to enjoy over the Christmas holidays. Our summer heat can quickly dry out your tree and pose a potential fire risk in the centre of your home.

When putting your tree up it is important to keep it away from heat sources to prevent it from drying out too quickly. In order for the tree to stay fresh and safe for longer it must be kept well watered and checked regularly. Some tree stands allow you to water the base of the trunk and extend the life of your tree. Do not water your tree if you have mains 240v tree lights. Keep your tree away from naked flames, open fires and particularly candles. A very dry Christmas tree can engulf your room in flames in less than 30 seconds whereas a fresh well watered tree will not ignite as easily.

Decorating

While decorating your tree, be sure to use flame-retardant or non-flammable decorations. Do not use real lit candles to decorate your tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are at least three feet away from the tree branches.

Another way to avoid the risk of hot lights on a dry tree is to invest in some low voltage LED lights which have the same magical quality without the fire risk. LED lights always stay cool and don’t get hot. With LED fairy lights at low prices you can treat yourself this Christmas and give yourself peace of mind.

Light Safety

It is important to always use lights that have been approved when decorating your tree or home. You should also review the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use tree lights properly and safely. During each holiday season, inspect for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before installing lights.

Be mindful that some lights are specifically manufactured for indoor or outdoor use, rather than both. When using outdoor lights, make sure you store them inside after the holidays to prevent hazard and to help extend the lifespan of the lights.

Avoid Electricity Fires

Be cautious not to overload any of your electrical outlets. Unless the manufacturer’s instructions say otherwise, only connect up to three light strands. It’s recommended that you connect strands of lights to an extension cord prior to plugging the cord into the outlet. This will allow you to light everything at the same time. Test the wires twice a day by feeling them to verify that they are not too hot and never leave holiday lights on when you leave your home for the day or night.

Smoke Alarms

Christmas trees increase the chances of fire damage in the home. That is why the holiday season is an important time to check, test, and service your smoke alarms and detectors. Every level of your home, especially above your tree, should have working smoke alarms installed.

Enjoy Your Christmas with loved ones and don’t become another holiday statistic 

Have a great break and be fire safe..

Alex

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  1. Steve Smith

    It’s interesting when you said that having proper fire protection could help provide the best investment for safety. My cousin told me that he hopes to have their fire extinguishers inspected for safety and preventative purposes in their clothing company. He asked if I had any suggestions on the best fire safety approach. You did an excellent job of explaining the importance of fire equipment safety for safety implementations. I’ll be sure to inform them that they may contact a well-known fire protection specialist company that can provide preventative measures.

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