With Christmas just around the corner, barbecues will be rolled out for festive entertaining and trees will be adorned with colourful decorations and lights. But while it’s time to celebrate, Christmas also marks the beginning of one of Australia’s peak fire seasons.
“The Christmas holidays are an ideal time for homeowners to relax, kick back with a drink and catch up with friends. And with plenty of distractions, it’s all too easy to leave a barbecue burner running or forget to turn the Christmas tree lights off before going out,” says Mathew Pearson, Key Account Manager with Exelgard.
To ensure Christmas goes off without a hitch, Exelgard is encouraging homeowners to identify potential fire hazards around the home and take the necessary precautions to prevent a fire from ruining the holidays. Here are a few tips:
Christmas trees and decorations
• Make sure Christmas trees are located a safe distance from any potential fire starting sources such as lamps or electrical sockets
• Source Christmas tree lights from a reliable supplier, and do not overload electrical sockets with excessive number of Christmas lights or other electrical appliances
• Hang decorations away from lights or candle flames
• Be aware of any fire restrictions that you should be compliant with, such as total fire bans
• Be sure to keep the barbecue monitored whilst lit
• Once the food is cooked and served, turn off the gas bottle and let the remaining gas in the pipe run through the BBQ before shutting it off
• If a gas leak should occur, shut off the cylinder immediately and allow any gas to dissipate. Remember that LPG is flammable, heavier than air and may remain in the air for some time
• Allow hot ashes or coals to cool for 48 hours before removing them
• Equip your home with appropriate fire extinguishers and fire blankets and place them in accessible locations
Exelgard's range of domestic fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and fire blankets offer advanced fire protection for the home. For details about the most effective way to use these products, visit www.exelgard.com.au.
Exelgard fire extinguishers, fire blankets and smoke alarms are available from major retailers.