From Devon Fire Service:
1. Dodgy electrical purchases
If you’ve bought a dancing Santa or similar from the internet, check it has a British or European safety mark or you could be putting yourself and your family at risk. We’re sure a real-life accidental fire is not the ‘warm welcome’ you were after.
2. Leaving your Christmas tree lights on all the time
Of course, it makes your house feel super cosy and Christmassy when you have fairy lights on, but ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed, or leave the house. You should also check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598).
3. Putting the Christmas turkey in the oven and popping out for a walk
For many of us, it’s a struggle fitting the Christmas turkey in the oven, so it’s likely it’ll take a while to cook. However, this really isn’t an excuse to whack it in the oven and pop out for your Christmas day walk. You should never leave your house with the oven still on.
4. Using extension leads
With lots of visitors or lots of Christmas lights (or both!) it’s likely you might be using some extension leads in your house over Christmas. You should never use a square extension plug. Only use an extension lead which was bought ready assembled, and this should never be more than 15 metres in length. Don’t be tempted to join more than one together either. And if you need to use one of the long wind-up (cable drum) extension leads, the cable must be completely unwound from the drum to avoid the cable overheating.
5. Wheat bags
You know the sort of present Aunt Lucy buys you because she hasn’t got a clue what to get you? The little cuddly dog you can heat up in the microwave? Yep, that’s a wheat bag. Used incorrectly, these warming bundles can be dangerous though, so make sure you only microwave for the recommended time, and allow to cool fully before reheating. Never put them in a bed, and watch out for signs of burning or charring.