Last updated: 29/11/2019, 4:05 PM

Have yourself a fire free merry Christmas

28/11/2019 11:49
Safety warnings

The most wonderful time of year is almost upon us, the decorations are being dusted off and Christmas tree stalls are popping up all over the City. As December looms it is almost time to deck the halls and turn your homes into a Christmas grotto as Santa Claus will soon be coming to town.

We want everyone to have a wonderful Christmas – rocking around the Christmas tree with family and friends, but most importantly the Brigade wants everyone  to have a safe Christmas without any firefighters showing up and spoiling the Christmas dinner.

Christmas fire hazards

Over Christmas there are lots of extra fire hazards in the home and  the Brigade wants you to hear only silver bells over the festive period not sirens.

Fires in London’s homes in December have reduced by 21 per cent over the past five years. In 2014 there were 529 fires in homes while last year this had reduced to 416. To keep on Santa’s nice list the Brigade have issued some top safety tips to help everyone step into Christmas safely.


  • Keep candles away from Christmas trees, curtains or anything else that could catch fire and don’t leave them burning unattended.
    Learn more about candle safety
  • Check your Christmas tree lights conform with safety standards and always switch them off before going to bed.
    More about electrical safety
  • Don’t attach decorations to lights or heaters – they can overheat and catch fire.
    Stay safe when you're staying warm
  • Make sure you have a fire escape plan and share this with everyone in your household and any guests staying over Christmas.
    Know your escape plan
  • Don’t leave cooking unattended, it’s safer to take pans off the heat and turn the hob, oven or grill off.
    Cooking safety advice for all
  • Make sure new electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them.
  • Don’t overload plug sockets.
  • Check on elderly relatives and neighbours and make sure they are safe.
  • Test your smoke alarms and make sure they are working.  Fit a heat alarm in the kitchen – this will detect an increase in temperature caused by fire, but not be set off by cooking fumes.
    Get up to speed on which alarms you need, or need more of
  • If you smoke over the Christmas make sure you don’t get distracted and ensure your smoking material is extinguished properly.
    Get more smoking safety advice

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: “Fire is devastating at anytime of year but this is heightened more at Christmas time with wrapped presents destroyed and families displaced. While some may wish for a white Christmas, we want everyone to enjoy a safe Christmas.

I don’t want to be Mr. Grinch

“There are many fire hazards in the home over Christmas – candles, fairy lights, overloaded plug sockets, cooking left unattended – or carried out after a festive tipple. I don’t want to be Mr. Grinch and tell you not to decorate your homes or to take part in the festive cheer – but I do want you to be safe over Christmas and take steps to prevent fires from occurring and spoiling the holiday. So make sure you have a look at our safety tips, check your smoke alarms and be aware of some of the potential fire hazards.

“And from everyone at London Fire Brigade, we wish you a merry Christmas.”


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