Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service offers some important fire safety guidelines in the run up to the festive period.
'Tis the season to be careful - the 12 days of Christmas fire safety
On the 1st day of Christmas. Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed on all levels of your home. A working alarm can give you the vital time needed to escape in a fire. Test your smoke alarms regularly and never remove batteries!
On the 2nd day of Christmas. Never leave cooking unattended. The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this is a high risk area. Many of us enjoy a merry tipple over the festive season but be sure to avoid cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol. Always turn off kitchen appliances when you have finished cooking.
On the 3rd day of Christmas. Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets, and away from decorations, cards and wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters.
On the 4th day of Christmas. Put your cigarette out, right out. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and take care when under the influence of alcohol or tired. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
On the 5th day of Christmas. Never use heaters to dry clothes. Heaters can start fires when things are placed too close to them. Keep them well away from curtains, clothing and furniture.
On the 6th day of Christmas. Don’t overload sockets. Ensure only 1 plug per socket. Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except those that are designed to be left on, like freezers.
On the 7th day of Christmas. Ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed, or leave the house. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598) and are in good working order before use.
On the 8th day of Christmas. Always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment. This safety device can save lives by instantly switching off the power if there is a fault and can be found in any DIY store.
On the 9th day of Christmas. Do something good this Christmas. Test the smoke alarms of someone you know who may need help such as an older relative or neighbour to ensure their safety as they are at greater risk from fire.
On the 10th day of Christmas. Be careful unwrapping Christmas presents near naked flames.
On the 11th day of Christmas. If you’re planning to include fireworks as part of your celebrations, be safe, not sorry and stick to the
firework safety code.
On the 12th day of Christmas. Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire – in the event of fire you should get out, stay out and call 999. For FREE information on staying safe at Christmas call 0800 555 815 or go to the
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue website. For further advice on how to stay safe and well this winter go to