Christmas safety

candles and lightsThe festive season brings a number of extra fire risks to the community and your family.

Face the facts

Here are some precautions you should take to keep your family and friends safe during the Christmas period.

  • Check Christmas lights carefully for frayed wires, bare spots in insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits or power boards.
  • Dispose of live tress quickly after the Christmas period before they dry out and become a fire hazard. Also dispose of wrapping paper quickly and safety.
  • If bulbs blow in Christmas decorations, replace them quickly;
  • Do not leave Christmas lights on when you go out or when you go to bed;
  • Do not let bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, like paper or other decorations;
  • Use only non-flammable or flame-retardant artificial trees and decorations;
  • Do not place candles near trees, decorations, presents or other flammable objects;
  • Do not use party poppers, silly string or other party streamers where there are naked flames from candles etc;
  • Please make sure all guests know your home safety plan when they are staying in your home, including exits, where keys for deadlocks are kept and the location of fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

Christmas safety fact sheet [.PDF 291KB]