Have you ever left the Christmas tree lights on or forgotten to put a candle out before bed?

It's easy to do after a couple of drinks.

In the video below the room is turned into an inferno with toxic smoke in less than a minute. Would you be able to get your family out of the house in time?


Christmas should be a time for fun and celebration. Follow our advice to ensure your Christmas is safe and happy.

  1. Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.
  2. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
  3. Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.
  4. Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week. Never remove them.
  5. Most fires start in the kitchen. Avoid leaving a cooker unattended.
  6. Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.
  7. Make sure cigarettes are put out properly
  8. Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
  9. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach.
  10. Ensure candles are kept away from cards, decorations and furniture which could catch fire.
  11. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  12. Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire.
  13. Never overload electrical sockets.
  14. Take time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are at greater risk from fire.