November 20, 2008barriehol
I was reading an article in my local paper the other day about some Musical Christmas trees that B&Q had recalled due to a fault that carried a potential fire risk. Despite the recall some of the trees have apparently managed to find their way into public hands.
So what would happen if your Christmas tree caught fire? Would you have the necessary fire precautions to extinguish the fire?
Most households today at least have a smoke alarm but it is imperative that you check the batteries regularly or if connected into the mains you carry out a manual test on a regular basis.
Another useful precaution against fire is to have a 1kg fire extinguisher or a 2kg fire extinguisher in the kitchen. As Fire extinguishers are portable they can be quickly redeployed if you experience an unexpected fire elsewhere in the house such as a fire caused by an electrical fault with your Christmas tree lights or as in the B & Q case the control box on a Musical Christmas Tree. Provided you have safe passage to your kitchen a fire extinguisher could be an invaluable aid to extinguish the fire.
Of course it’s wise to take sensible precautions. I always turn my Xmas lights out at night and make sure that the tree is properly supported and away from sources of heat – particularly Christmas candles.