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Fire safety this Christmas

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

Christmas is a magical time of year with Christmas trees, festive lights and candles burning, but care is needed to protect your family from fire hazards. CSS Signs produce a wide range of Fire Signs for the home and the work place.

See some tips below to help keep your family safe this Christmas.

Christmas Trees/Decorations

  • – Buy your decorations and tree from a reputable/trustworthy source and check that the items have a relevant    safety symbol.
  • – Make sure your decorations and artifical tree are fire resistant – this will help reduce the risk of them catching       fire, but every care still needs to be taken.
  • – If your tree is real; be aware that some are sprayed with chemicals to prevent the needles from shedding.  These chemicals could be flammable.  Also remember the drier the tree the more of a fire hazard it is.
  • – Position your tree safely and securely and away from door ways, passage ways, fire, radiators and heaters.

Christmas Lights

  • – Check lights are working properly before you use them.
  • – Only buy Christmas lights from a reputable source and make sure they have a relevant safety symbol.
  • – If putting lights outdoors, check first that they are suitable for outdoor use
  • – Do not use lights that are faulty.
  • – Switch off Christmas lights when going to bed and when leaving the house.
  • – Make sure sockets are not overloaded.
  • – Keep flexes out of sight and reach of children.


  • – Place candles in a safe place – away from curtains, blinds and draughts – and out of reach of children.
  • – Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • – Always supervise children in a room where candles are lit.
  • – Never move a lit candle.
  • – Keep matches, cigarette lighters etc out of sight and reach of children.
  • – Remember, the points above apply to anything with a flame, including oil/fragrance burners, incense sticks etc. 

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Fire safety tips courtesy of HSE

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