Top tips to keep fire out of your home this Christmas

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Inspect your Christmas lights and fairy lights for any sign of damage or wear and tear.

- Don’t use light sets with missing globes.

- LED Christmas lights do not get as hot and use less power.

- Use no more than three sets of lights per power board, even if there are four or more outlets on it. Avoid using double adaptors.

- Make sure electric cords are completely uncoiled and are not placed under rugs or mats.

- Place your tree as far as possible from any heat source, curtains or furnishings.

- Maintain water in the base of natural Christmas trees to stop them drying out and remove lights once they show signs of drying.

- Take care with candles, incense sticks and oil burners. Always make sure they are away from flammable items such as curtains and that they cannot be knocked over.

- Always keep matches, candles and lighters away from infants and small children.

- Check that your smoke alarms are working. Christmas tree fires can generate a lot of heat quickly and spread to the rest of the house.

[Source: MFB www.mfb.vic.gov.au]