Top 3 causes of fires in December – and how to avoid them

Christmas snowman on a tree

December is the busiest month of the year for house fires. Find out our top recommendations to have a fire-safe Christmas.

Make Christmas fire-safe

Before we consider how to stop a fire happening in the first place, you should make sure you have a system to alert you and your household (guests included) to a fire.

  1. Smoke alarms - you should have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home, and test them at least once a month. Read more about smoke alarms. 
  2. Escape planning - make sure everyone staying in your home over Christmas period knows how to escape in the event of a fire. Door keys should be easy to access by each door to make an escape easy. Read our advice on escape planning.

Here are some tips for reducing your risk of fire for the top three causes of fire around Christmas time. 

Stay safe, and enjoy the festivities.