Stay Safe Over The Holiday Season With Discount Fire Supplies' Top 10 Festive Fire Safety Tips

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At such a joyous time of year it's easy to get swept away with all the festivities but taking a few moments to read's key Christmas fire safety tips may help keep your friends and family safe this holiday season.

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It's important to remember that along with all the special things that help make Christmas perfect people may also be introducing more fire hazards into their homes.

Along with details of their Christmas opening hours and the last order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery, Discount Fire Supplies have published a blog post with their Top 10 Festive Fire Safety Tips for anyone celebrating over the Christmas period.

It's a busy time of year, with presents to buy and family to entertain, but it's also important to remember that along with all the special things that help make Christmas perfect people may also be introducing more fire hazards into their homes.

To help the festive season go smoothly, Discount Fire Supplies have put together the following list of fire safety tips that shouldn't be ignored over the coming weeks:

1. Test your fire detectors! Make sure batteries are working, that everyone in your family knows how to recognise a fire alarm and that you have planned an escape route.

2. Switch off fairy lights and other electrical decorations (indoor and outdoor) before you leave the house or go to bed.

3. Drink responsibly – don't cook or operate machinery while under the influence of alcohol.

4. Keep flammable materials away from open fires and candles, ensure these are supervised at all times and fully extinguish them before you leave the room or go to sleep.

5. Real Christmas trees burn readily and can also emit harmful gases when burning – keep them away from sources of ignition and ensure fairy lights are electrically tested and conform to British Standards before use. The same safety precautions apply to artificial trees too.

6. Don't leave cooking food unattended – hot fat and oils can easily catch alight and burning food in the oven is also a major fire hazard. If you don't already have a fire blanket in the kitchen, get one.

7. Turn off ovens, hobs, grills and any other kitchen appliances after use and keep oven gloves and utensils away from appliances at all times – heated appliances such as hobs can remain hot for a long time after use.

8. Check electrical sockets, appliances and cables for wear and tear and scorch marks. These are all signs that they could be a fire hazard. Also avoid overloading power outlets.

9. Fireworks are now a common occurrence over Christmas and New Year. If you're planning on setting some off make sure you only buy from a reputable dealer and follow the safety instructions to the letter.

10. Buy lots of batteries in advance for gifts of gadgets and toys. Having enough batteries in your kitchen drawer for the inevitable urge to immediately try out new toys will prevent you from being tempted to remove them from your fire alarms.

In addition to these tips, Discount Fire Supplies have advised customers that they will be closing for the holidays from close of business on Friday 21st December 2012 with normal business hours due to resume on Thursday 3rd January 2013.

Customers are also advised that if they want to receive orders before Christmas the recommended last day for guaranteed delivery is Wednesday 19th December 2012.

About Discount Fire Supplies:
Discount Fire Supplies is an online retailer of fire alarms and safety accessories and aims to become the UK's premier fire alarm supplier. They have a large stock-holding and good relationships with all major manufacturers allowing them to be competitive on price and choice.

This month they have a fantastic offer of free batteries and smoke spray with every fire alarm system purchased in December.

All enquiries can be directed to Tariq El-Hoss on 01792 452 700.

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