Fire Safety First at Christmas

Fire safety is being promoted by the Safer Stockport Partnership (SSP) to help local residents to enjoy a problem-free festive season by protecting themselves and their property.

The following Top Tips from Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service will ensure you have a safe and happy Christmas.

  • Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.
  • Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week. Never remove them.
  • Most fires start in the kitchen. Avoid leaving a cooker unattended.
  • Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.
  • Make sure cigarettes are put out properly.
  • Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.
  • Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
  • Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Never overload electrical sockets.
  • Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
  • Store fireworks safely. Never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire.
  • Take time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are at greater risk from fire.

Posters warning of the dangers of cooking whilst drunk are being displayed in local licenced premises. There are two versions of the poster, one aimed at women and one aimed at men.