Candle and Fire Safety at Christmas


Christmas Trees
Place real Christmas trees securely in a sturdy base filled with water – metal   stands cause trees to dry out and catch fire. Check water level daily

Ensure artificial trees have been pre-treated to increase flame resistance

Keep tree away from candles, heaters, fireplaces or other heat sources

Dispose of tree properly – never burn a real tree in the fireplace.

View video to see how quickly fires develop when a DRY tree is exposed to an open flame

lightsChristmas Lights - Indoors and outdoors

  • Only buy Christmas lights marked with a safety standard
  • Make sure a competent person checks all connections and examines wiring for fraying
  • If in doubt, throw them out.
  • Don’t overload sockets
  • Unplug all Christmas lights and electrical appliances before leaving your home or going to bed


Christmas Lights - Outdoors

  • Ensure lights are suitable for outdoor use
  • Check all wiring and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Fasten the bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture building up.
  • Never use indoor extension leads outside.
  • Keep outdoor electrical connections above ground and out of puddles and snow.
  • Ensure trees hung with Christmas lights are not touching power lines


Remember when it comes to candles:

  • Keep them out of reach of children and pets
  • Trim the wick to 6mm (1/4 inch) each time before burning
  • Always use an appropriate candleholder placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air currents
  • Extinguish a candle if it smokes or flickers repeatedly or if the flame becomes too high
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times
  • Do not burn a candle for longer than manufacturer recommends
  • Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container
  • Place lighted candles at least 75mm apart from one another
  • Never place a candle on top of a TV set and keep well away from curtains
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to bed
  • Never use candles on Christmas trees, even artificial ones
  • Remember hot wax burns!


Other Christmas Fire Safety Tips

  • Never burn wrapping paper in your fireplace
  • Keep strings of Christmas cards away from candles and open fires
  • Fit a spark guard in front of open fires
  • Extinguish cigarettes properly and do not let ashtrays overfill
  • Check that your smoke alarms are in perfect working order
  • Never remove batteries from smoke alarm to use in children’s toys
  • Clean out the oven and stove prior to Christmas cooking
  • Clean your chimneys twice a year. This includes chimneys for oil burning stoves.