Artificial, flame-resistant trees are a much safer option for Christmas.
However, if you’re thinking of purchasing a real tree this Christmas there are a few things you need to be aware of:
- Real trees burn rapidly – It’s always best to keep a tree in a bucket of water to prevent the tree from drying out and reducing the risk of fire.
- Dispose of your tree quickly – the quicker you do it the better. Trees are a massive fire risk and storing it in a garage or garden could be potential fuel for a fire. You can dispose of your tree by taking it to a recycling centre or having it taken away by a community pickup service – never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove.
- The needles should be green and hard to pull back from branches – if the needles fall out easily that means the tree has been cut a long time ago and has dried out causing a fire hazard.
- Never place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat may dry out the tree causing it to be more easily ignited.
- Avoid keeping your tree up for too long – do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks.
The best way to tackle a Christmas tree fire is by the use of a Water Mist Extinguisher. The UltraFire Water Mist extinguisher from Safelincs is the perfect option.
- Check fuses (see the box for the maximum size fuse you should use)
- If any bulbs have blown, replace them
- Throw out old fashioned incandescent bulb Christmas lights and replace with LED lights
- Never leave fairy lights on when you go out, or go to bed
- Make sure the bulbs aren’t touching anything that could burn easily
- Never overload sockets
- Never leave a candle lit if you are not in the room – remember, it can only take a minute for a fire to start
- Always keep candles away from Christmas trees, curtains, paper decorations, children, pets and never light a candle on a shelf under a wall mounted TV
- Remember, decorations made of light tissue paper or cardboard can burn easily
- Never attach decorations to lights or heaters
- Never put them above the fireplace
- Keep away from candles
- Remember, Christmas novelties and decorations are not toys and they do not have to comply with toy safety regulations – please them high up and out of reach of young hands
- Beware of trailing cables and wires in the rush to connect new gadgets and appliances, and always read the instructions
- Clear up wrapping paper as you go – wrapping paper can easily get knocked into the fireplace or a candle and catch on fire
- Make sure you have a jug of water close at hand and your crackers, paper hats, cards etc. are all cleaned up before you light your Christmas Pudding – it’s easy to be too generous with the spirits
Don’t forget to make sure you’ve recently tested your fire alarm!