The London Fire Brigade have warned that over Christmas fire hazards increase, particularly as a result of unsafe Christmas lights. This is supported by Which? and the National Trading standards, following testing which revealed that six out of thirteen sets of lights bought online failed a safety test. They have called upon the new government to place legal responsibility on suppliers to prevent unsafe products from being sold.
We want to make sure that all of our residents have a very happy and safe festive period. There are a number of measures Wandle has in place to make sure our properties are as safe as possible and reduce the risk of a fire. These include:
- A programme of fire risk assessments to identify fire hazards and recommend improvements for us to act on
- Regular servicing of fire equipment (alarms and detection systems, emergency lighting, smoke and ventilation systems and firefighting equipment)
- Routine inspections of our properties by staff to look out for fire and health and safety hazards which are reported back to us for repair
The London Fire Brigade have issued some key safety tips over the festive period:
- Keep candles away from Christmas trees and anything else that could catch fire and don’t leave them burning unattended.
- Check your Christmas tree lights conform with safety standards and always switch them off before going to bed.
- Don’t attach decorations to lights or heaters- they can overheat and catch fire.
- Make sure you have a fire escape plan and share this everyone in your household and any guests staying over Christmas.
- Don’t leave cooking unattended, it’s safer to take pans off the heat and turn the hob, oven or grill off.
- 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 set off by cooking fumes.
- If you smoke over Christmas, make sure you don’t get distracted and ensure your smoking material is extinguished properly.
If you have any questions, or would like more information on fire safety in your building please contact us on 0300 2000 120.