12 Days of Christmas
Fire Safety Tips

12 days of Christmas fire safety tips 2024.

The holiday season is upon us, and as you gear up to decorate your office or workplace, it’s important not to overlook the crucial aspect of fire safety. Whether you’re planning a festive party or simply sprucing up the space, ensuring the safety of your employees and customers should remain a top priority. As the responsible person for fire safety, implementing the following tips will help keep everyone safe while still enjoying the holiday spirit.

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Christmas Fire Safety Tips

Mindful Christmas Trees: Choosing the Right Option

Christmas trees are a quintessential part of the season, but when it comes to workplace safety, some considerations are in order. While real trees look and smell wonderful, opt for an artificial tree that is labelled flame-resistant. If you do choose a real tree, make sure it is thoroughly and regularly watered to reduce the risk of dry branches catching fire.

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Strategic Placement of Christmas Trees

Position your Christmas tree away from any potential fire hazards. Avoid placing it near materials that can catch fire easily. Remember, Christmas trees can act as fuel for fires, and their size may contribute to the rapid spread of flames.

Christmas Fire Safety Tips

Ensure Safe Christmas Tree Lights

Before using Christmas tree lights, carefully inspect them for any signs of damage or breakage. Keep an eye out for loose wires, as they can pose a fire hazard. It is essential that your lights conform to the British Standard – BS EN 60598-1:2015+A1:2018. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and retain them for future reference. When replacing lamps, use only those of the same type and rating as the ones originally supplied, and replace failed lamps immediately.

Christmas Fire Safety Tips

Electrical Equipment Precautions

When the office is empty, remember to turn off and preferably unplug all electrical equipment, including Christmas lights and decorations. This measure not only saves energy but also minimises the risk of fire.

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Decorations: Handle with Care

Decorations are an integral part of the festive ambience, but they can also be flammable. Avoid attaching decorations to lights or heaters, as they can easily ignite. Exercise caution when handling decorations near potential fire sources.

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Responsible Use of Plug Sockets and Extension Leads

Prevent overloading your plug sockets or extension leads. Stick to the rule of one plug per socket to avoid electrical hazards. Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except for those designed to be left on, such as servers.

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Keep Fire Escape Routes Clear

It is crucial to ensure that emergency fire escape routes remain unobstructed at all times. Regularly inspect and maintain clear pathways, allowing people to exit the premises safely in case of a fire.

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Prioritise Fire Alarm Testing

While all businesses should regularly test their fire alarms, it is especially critical for larger work environments where fires may originate far from occupied areas. A suitable and functioning fire detection system takes precedence over all other safety measures on this list.

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Outdoor Electrical Equipment Safety

When using outdoor electrical equipment, always employ a 30mA RCD (residual current device). This safety device instantly cuts off the power in case of a fault, potentially saving lives.

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Firework Safety Code

If fireworks are part of your celebratory plans, adhere to the firework safety code. Follow proper procedures for handling, lighting, and disposing of fireworks. Safety should never be compromised for the sake of entertainment.

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Install Appropriate Fire Safety Equipment

Ensure that your workplace has the correct fire safety equipment installed. Position fire extinguishers strategically throughout your premises, and make sure they are suitable for the types of fires you are likely to encounter. Having the right equipment on hand can make a significant difference in controlling a fire effectively.

Christmas Fire Safety Tips

Season’s Greetings from Fire Risk Consultancy Services

Fire Risk Consultancy Services would like to take this opportunity to wish all our valued customers, both past and present, a very happy and safe Christmas. We are committed to providing you with expert fire safety guidance and support, ensuring your holiday season is filled with joy and peace of mind.

By following these 12 days of Christmas fire safety tips, you can create a festive atmosphere while keeping your workplace secure. Remember, fire safety is everyone's responsibility, and taking the necessary precautions will help ensure a joyful and safe holiday season for all.

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Please note that this article provides basic easy-to-understand guidance on fire safety provisions and the key fire safety information required to comply with legislation. Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. We aim to assist you to understand the fire-related terms within your Fire Risk Assessment.  It does not provide detailed technical guidance on all fire safety provisions, and you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.

Fire Risk Consultancy Services have the knowledge and experience to assist your business to comply with all legal requirements surrounding fire safety including legislation. Be sure to read our accompanying guides: Fire Alarm System Types, Fire Extinguishers, Emergency Lighting, Fire Doors, and Fire Safety Signs, also published on this site.

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