Nobody wants to associate the pains of fire protection with the festive season. However, the fact is that this is one of the most accident-prone times of the year.
Many people leave their homes to visit loved ones during this time, sometimes neglecting standard fire safety precautions. On the other hand, many houses are full of family and friends, which in itself can pose a risk-especially when children are involved.
Here are some of the risk to take note of this Christmas, as well as practical ways to ensure adequate fire protection for you and your family.
A Warm And Cosy Log Fire
Especially when it’s snowing, nothing says “Christmas” like a nice in-house log fire. However, this luxury can pose two serious fire risks to your home.
- Firstly, a clogged chimney can cause combustion and either injure those too close or set the house on fire.
Second, flying sparks from burning embers may leap from the fireplace unnoticed and start a serious fire on your carpet or wooden floor.
- Ensure decent fire protection from the first of these two risks by making sure you have your chimney unclogged at least once a year. Also, guarantee your safety by not going to bed or leaving the house with live embers in your fireplace.
A Hotter Than Usual Kitchen
A favourite category of dishes in the UK is a roast. But leaving a roast while you’re out shopping or running errands can be deadly.
A good way to counter this risk is by making sure there’s always someone at home while your oven is on. In addition, always be sure that you have a well-serviced fire extinguisher on hand in case something does go unexpectedly wrong.
Going Away On Holiday
Create a thorough fire protection checklist before leaving your home for long periods of time. Your list can include items such as switching off the mains or having a neighbour check in every day. You can also give a set of keys to someone you trust and educate them on where your fire extinguisher is if the need arises.
Beware of that Christmas tree that is dry after sitting in your house for so long. Such a large body of dry wood will be hard to control if it catches fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, especially if you have Christmas lights near or around it. For additional fire protection, make sure you have a fire extinguisher that can deal with electrical fires.
Most of us like to drink a bit more than usual during the festive season. But be careful not to do so at the expense of fire safety. Keep the essential safety procedures ever present in the back of your mind, even when you’re aiming to relax. There’s no need to be overly paranoid, just be aware and ensure a safe, pleasant holiday for you and your family.