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Christmas Fire Safety Advice

Date Published 03.12.2015
Topic Home Insurance

Christmas Fire Safety Advice | AIG Ireland

Roasting chestnuts on an open fire, decking the halls with boughs of holly and rocking around the Christmas tree; Christmas is a fun time for the whole family. But while you are enjoying some quality time with friends and family, it is important to remember that safety doesn’t take a holiday.


It is an unfortunate fact of life that there is a dramatic rise in the number of fires and accidents in the home over the Christmas period. So while you are making a list and checking it twice, make sure to add our Christmas fire safety tips to help ensure you have a merry and safe holiday.

Nothing says Christmas quite like a Christmas tree decked out in fairy lights. However, Christmas trees can also pose a fire hazard unless some precautions are taken. 


Christmas tree fire safety
Christmas Tree lights can be a fire hazard


Christmas trees should be placed in an area away from heat sources and open flames as real trees can become dried out over time and quickly catch fire if they are exposed to a heat source. If you use an artificial tree, make sure it is flame resistant and meets all of the applicable fire safety regulations.

Fairy lights are an essential decoration for any Christmas tree, but also pose a significant fire risk. So make sure that any lights you use are free from damage and are marked with a recognised safety mark. Avoid overloading sockets and always make sure to switch off and unplug all lights before going to bed.

Candles are a big part of the Christmas tradition whether it is an Advent candle counting down to the big day or tea lights dotted around the living room. Whichever candle you are using, make sure to use a sturdy candle holder, keep them out of reach of children and pets and never leave a candle unattended.


candle fire safety
Open candles are particularly dangerous at that special time of year


No matter what precautions you take, accidents do happen. So, always make sure that you have a working smoke alarm and that your house and contents insurance is correct and up to date.


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