Well it’s that time of year again and it’s likely fire safety is the last thing on your mind. Some of you might now be winding down at work or (like most people we expect) frantically trying to get jobs finished before the Christmas break so you can relax with a clear head. On top of that you’ve got presents to buy, meals to plan and relatives to entertain! Phew!
We know it’s a hectic time of year but rarely is is fire safety so important. To help you get Christmas fire safety all wrapped up try reading our Top 10 Festive Fire Safety Tips at the bottom of this post.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Discount Fire Supplies!
Our Christmas Opening Hours
Every year the Discount Fire Supplies team takes a well deserved extended break over the festive season – after all, we’ve worked hard all year long to bring you the best in fire detection at the most competitive prices so you can keep your buildings, staff and families safe.
This year our last working day is Friday 21st December 2012 and we’ll re-open for business as usual on Thursday 3rd January 2013.
Order Now For Guaranteed Christmas Delivery
Delivery times in December notoriously take longer than expected due to the influx of parcels and post being delivered to loved ones all over the country. If you’ve got time-sensitive parts to order or you want to get everything prepared for a New Year installation then we recommend you get placing orders on discountfiresupplies.co.uk straight away!
Our calculations show that the last order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Wednesday 19th December 2012. Orders placed after 2.30pm on this date may not arrive until post-Boxing Day.
We always aim to get your order to you as quickly as possible and will dispatch all orders on the same day as they are received if the order is placed before 2.30pm. Don’t forget delivery is free of charge for all orders over £100 and on top of that we’re also giving away a free battery and smoke spray with every fire alarm system purchased in December!
Our Top 10 Festive Fire Safety Tips
At such a busy and exciting time of year it’s easy to forget your head but if anything it’s even more important to remember fire safety advice and act responsibly over the holidays.
Here are our Top 10 Festive Fire Safety Tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
- Test your smoke detectors! Make sure batteries are working, that everyone in your family knows how to recognise the fire alarm and that you’ve planned an escape route.
- Switch off fairy lights and other electrical decorations (indoor and outdoor) before you leave the house or go to bed.
- Drink responsibly – don’t cook or operate machinery while under the influence of alcohol.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fire works are a now 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.
- 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.
If you’ve got any other Festive Fire Safety Tips to share feel free to leave us a comment below!