Christmas is a time to eat, drink, and be merry… Oh, and to be safe! If you’re throwing a Christmas party any time soon – whether that’s in your workplace or at home – there are steps you need to take to ensure that your party is fire safe.
In the UK annually there are approximately 200 fire-related deaths, which works out as 12 per month. It’s a scary reality, but there are things that we can do to ensure that our own situations don’t reflect such a horrible statistic.
Here are 6 fire safety tips for Christmas parties…
1) Test your fire alarms
You shouldn’t do this just because you’re having a party, but it’s a good time to do so. Testing your fire alarm will give you peace of mind that what you have in place is reliable and effective in the event of a fire. It isn’t difficult to test your fire alarm, either. Simply find the ‘test’ button on your device and press it until you hear the sound. If yours is faulty, look for fire alarm installers in Durham.
2) Be wary of open flames
Christmas parties often call for candles, especially scented ones that release festive smells such as cinnamon, gingerbread, and oranges. While these might make a lovely addition to your party, you should be wary of open flames in areas where large groups of people will gather, especially if there’s some festive alcoholic beverages being consumed! For peace of mind, why not opt for some wax melts instead?
3) Be smart with your decorations
We all love Christmas decorations! Nothing creates a festive vibe quite like a beautiful tree with all the trimmings, twinkling fairy lights, and hanging garlands from the ceiling. While these are certainly nice elements to have, it’s important you decorate smartly when it comes to your Christmas party. Avoid anything flammable, and keep all doors and exits clear.
4) Be mindful of how many people you invite
It’s Christmas! Although you probably want everyone to feel included and special, it’s really important you don’t overdo it when it comes to how many people you invite to your party. Whether in a home or an office, you have to be mindful of your property’s capacity. Too many people crammed into one space could pose huge fire hazards.
5) Have a plan in place – just in case
Though it’s not nice to imagine your Christmas party being spoilt by a fire emergency, it’s worth having a plan in place – just in case. Look at your standard evacuation procedure and identify anything that needs to be modified or tweaked in a party situation. Perhaps a new meeting point needs to be established, or more exits in place.
6) Check out the electrics
Before inviting a large group of people to your home or workplace, it’s worth having a professional. electrician check out any electrical wiring in your property. Did you know that there are approximately 19,300 accidental fires of electrical origin each year? Try to arrange an inspection before the day of your party, even if it is just for peace of mind.