Stay safe over the festive season
Accidents can happen easily around Christmas, with a little forward planning and the help of these tricks and tips everyone can enjoy a safer christmas! Fire Safety tips from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
Keep decorations and cards away from fires and other heat sources.
Don’t cook if you have been drinking and never leave cooking unattended.
Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch alight easily.
Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Never leave lit candles unattended.
Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
Take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are potentially at greater risk from fire.
Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.
Check your Christmas tree lights are safe and carry the British Safety Standard sign.
Buy children's gifts for the correct age group.
Watch out for small objects which could be potential choking hazards.
Not all Christmas decorations are toys - make sure they are out of reach of young children.
Allow plenty of time to prepare and cook Christmas dinner - accidents happen when you rush.
Never use a knife to open or assemble presents
Always read the instructions for new gadgets and watch out for wires and cables on the floor.
Falls are the most common accidents so try to keep clutter to a minimum.