Fes­tive sea­son can be a high risk time for fire in the home says fire ser­vice

Bray People - - NEWS -

WHILE Christ­mas is gen­er­ally a won­der­ful time for cel­e­bra­tion, it is not with­out its risks.

Almost ev­ery home puts up a Christ­mas tree drip­ping in elec­tric fairy lights and there is an abun­dance of can­dles lit to help cre­ate a fes­tive am­bi­ence.

Wick­low Fire Ser­vice ad­vises that Christ­mas and into New Year can be a high risk pe­riod for fire in the home and have is­sued some help­ful safety tips to en­sure that in­ci­dents are pre­vented where pos­si­ble and so that the peo­ple of the Gar­den County en­joy a happy and healthy hol­i­day sea­son.

Christ­mas trees of­ten in­crease fire risk. The fire ser­vice ad­vises that trees are kept away from can­dles, heaters, fire­places and other heat sources.

Real trees should be se­curly fixed in a sturdy base filled with wa­ter and after Christ­mas they should be dis­posed of cor­rectly. Christ­mas trees should not be burned. When it comes to Christ­mas lights, con­sumers should only buy Christ­mas lights marked with a safety stan­dard (e.g. I.S. B.S. or C.E.). All con­nec­tions should be checked and if us­ing old lights, ex­am­ine the wiring to en­sure they are not worn. If in doubt, throw them out and never over­load sock­ets. All Christ­mas lights and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances should be un­plugged be­fore leav­ing your home or go­ing to bed at night. Can­dles also pose in­creased risk and should be kept well out of the reach of chil­dren and pets and never lit near the Christ­mas tree.

The wick should be trimmed to 6mm each time be­fore burn­ing and can­dles should be placed on a sta­ble, heat-resistant sur­face, never on the floor.

Never place a can­dle on top of a TV set or other sim­i­lar ap­pli­ance, and keep them away from cur­tains and al­ways ex­tin­guish them be­fore go­ing to bed or leav­ing home.

Other gen­eral fire safety tips ad­vised by the fire ser­vice are to never burn wrap­ping pa­per in your fire­place, ex­tin­guish cig­a­rettes prop­erly and use a spark guard in front of an open fire.

Also check that your smoke alarms are in per­fect work­ing or­der.

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