Around the start of December you may start putting up your decorations. Unfortunately, during this time many people put up their decorations without being aware of potential fire hazards.
According to 2011/12 government statistics decorations, cards and trees were responsible for 47 house fires and 20 non-fatal casualties in the UK
There are various things you can do to reduce the risk of fire hazards from Christmas decorations, such as keeping an eye on any naked flames, keeping flammable items like Christmas cards away from candles or anything else that could potentially catch fire, and making sure that lights are switched off at night. In addition to these sensible precautions, another way of reducing the risk of decorations catching on fire is to invest in some fire retardant spray for your decorations.
How Does It Work?
A fire retardant spray creates an invisible layer on top of the surface you wish to protect. This invisible layer creates a carbonized shield once it is exposed to heat. All you need to do is spray with no need to use any form of specialist equipment.
The fire retardant spray can be used on:
- Untreated wood
It should be stated that fire retardants are not suitable for surfaces that have been painted, varnished, waxed or waterproofed. It is also recommended that when spraying that you do so in a well-ventilated area. While the treatment should last as long as the material treated, it may need to be reapplied if at any point the material gets wet.
There is also the risk that the retardant could potentially tarnish metal (such as curtain rods or chrome legs). If you are worried about this the best thing to do is check on a small spot that can be covered up first before spraying it over the whole surface, thereby giving you the chance to test the effect of the spray without accidently ruining the entire surface. In the event that the spray does start to tarnish the surface you should just wipe it off.
Fire prevention is about reducing risk as much as possible. While basic precautions can reduce the risk of fire, fire retardant spray helps to eliminate as many potential sources of fuel for the fire as well.
Also, having a fire blanket to hand is a very effective way of putting out small fires quickly to stop the spread.