9th December 2011
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On the 1st day...

When buying a natural Christmas tree, select one that is fresh

and place it in a water-holding tree stand and top up daily. If

buying an artificial tree, ensure it is of a fire retardant type.

Trees should be kept away from heating equipment or other

sources of ignition, and fire escape routes be kept clear.


On the 2nd day...

Take particular care over the selection and use of fairy lights

and other illuminated decorations. Older sets of lights should

be replaced preferably with low voltage LED lights which

conform to BS EN 60598. Lights should always be used in

accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and outdoor

lights should be specifically made for this purpose.


On the 3rd day...

Cables and bulbs should be inspected for damage and light

sets connected to the mains in a safe manner avoiding the

use of long trailing leads without overloading sockets.


On the 4th day...

Keep lights clear of decorations and other combustible

materials and ensure that they are unplugged at the mains on

closure of business each day.


On the 5th day...

Care should be taken to ensure that all decorations are kept

clear of light fittings, heaters and any other hot surfaces.

On the 6th day...

Where sprinklers are installed, decorations and lights should

not be suspended from, or attached to, sprinkler heads or

sprinkler pipework.


On the 7th day...

When positioning decorations ensure that intruder alarm

movement detectors are not ‘blinded’ and also that unwanted

alarms arising from the movement of decorations due

to draughts and the effects of heating/air conditioning

equipment are avoided.


On the 8th day...

When hanging Christmas decorations always use good quality

stepladders appropriate for the task. Use stepladders safely

and take care not to over reach.


On the 9th day...

In retail premises where stock levels are likely to be at their

highest, care should be taken to ensure that fire safety is

not compromised. This will include ensuring that fire escape

routes are maintained clear and that storage and displays are

kept clear of light fittings.


On the 10th day...

Workplace parties should be properly supervised and alcohol

consumed sensibly. An inspection should be made after the

event to check that all non-essential electrical equipment is

isolated and that the premises are safe and secure.


On the 11th day...

Businesses that close down for an extended Christmas and

New Year holiday may be at an increased risk from burst water

pipes. Reference should be made to our Risk Bulletin Issue 2:

Winter Weather Precautions, for guidance.


On the 12th day...

Finally, natural Christmas trees will become dry and highly

combustible, and should be removed from the premises as

soon as the festivities are over.


Whilst these precautions are targeted towards the business

community, much of the guidance given will also help to

ensure a safe and enjoyable Christmas at home.

This guide is issued by The Insurance Centre, Lancaster.

For more information about safety at work or in the home contact:

The Insurance Centre 8 China Street Lancaster LA1 1EX

Tel: 01524 848 506 Email:


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