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Staying safe this festive season

Submitted by Danielle on 10 December, 2018 - 09:17 with 0 comment

Staying safe this festive season

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas, full of festive cheer. If – like us – you’re aiming to make the best of the holiday season, it’s a good idea to think ahead and make sure you stay safe in your home.

Unfortunately, Christmas Day is generally the worst day of the year for fires – with claims rising by up to 120%. Accidents with cooking, candles and Christmas lights are often to blame. So, to help keep your Christmas merry, follow these simple fire safety tips.

Choose a fresh tree – not one that's already shedding needles. Stand it in a large, stable container away from doors, fireplaces and heat sources. Water it regularly and spray it with flame retardant if possible.

Only use fairy lights marked with British Standard BSEN60598 2-20 and a Kitemark. When you take them out of the box, check they're in good condition and none of the wiring is exposed. Of course, working smoke and
carbon monoxide alarms are a must all year round. They could save your life.

The Fire Brigade aren’t the only people who are busy at Christmas. Unfortunately, the festive season is also a busy time for thieves. Make sure presents can't be seen from outside your home, so you're less likely to be the target of a break-in. If you don't already have a sensor light outside your house, think about installing one.

Source: Christmas day fire claims: Aviva Claims Calendar, 2014.

Have you got the home insurance you need this winter? Talk to us to check you’re covered.


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