THE BEST CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS pass by without a flashing red truck outside. So I read and heed the Twelve Days of Christmas from the South Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service.
On the 1st day of Christmas - Make sure you test your smoke alarm.
On the 2nd day of Christmas - Check your Christmas tree lights, make sure they conform to a British Standard. In addition check you have the correct fuse. Always switch them off and unplug them when you go to bed or leave the house.
On the 3rd day of Christmas - Never leave candles burning whilst unattended. (This is something we have done upstairs during long-lasting dinner celebrations.)
On the 4th day of Christmas - Make sure you, your family and any guests that may be staying are aware of what they need to do in the event of a fire. Make a fire escape plan. (We have no way out of the top floor of our home.)
On the 5th day of Christmas - Never overload electrical sockets.
On the 6th day of Christmas - Never leave cooking unattended.
On the 7th day of Christmas – Decorations can burn easily- don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
On the 8th day of Christmas - Make sure that candles and cigarettes are properly extinguished before you go to bed.
On the 9th day of Christmas - Never place candles or any other naked flame near a Christmas tree. As your tree begins to dry out it becomes highly flammable.
On the 10th day of Christmas - Keep matches and lighters well away from children.
On the 11th day of Christmas – Take time to check on elderly relatives and friends this Christmas-make sure they are Fire Safe.
On the 12th day of Christmas - Celebrate Christmas and New Year safely. The risk of accidents, especially in the kitchen, is greater after alcohol if consumed.