There are several things you can do to stay fire safe at Christmas.

Check out these top tips – they are helpful safety reminders for all of us!


  • Do not cook if you have been drinking.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.


  • Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch alight easily.
  • Decorations can burn easily. Do not attach decorations to lights or heaters.
  • Never overload electrical sockets.
  • Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
  • Check your Christmas tree lights carry this British Safety Standard sign.


  • Keep
    candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

Check on others

  • Take time to check on older relatives, friends and neighbours this Christmas as they are potentially at greater risk from fire.
  • Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.

Home Visits

Local fire services offer Safe and Well Home Visits in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex. During these visits, specially trained Safe and Well advisors can offer a range of advice around home safety, bedtime routines, escape routes and electrical safety. They can also fit smoke alarms and other specialist equipment when needed.

Find out more:

Brighton & Hove Home Visits or call 0800 177 7069 (freephone)

West Sussex Safe and Well Visits or call 0345 8729 719

Have a happy and safe Christmas!

Source: Brighton & Hove City Council Contracts Team via East Sussex Fire & Rescue

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