Celebrate safely

Consuming even a moderate amount of alcohol can greatly increase the risk of fire and fire injury.

  • Ensure that exit door keys are kept readily available and/or exit doors can be opened from the inside in the event of fire or emergency.
  • Take care of older people, children and those who may find it difficult to react quickly and safely if there is a fire.
  • Make sure your family and/or visitors know what action to take in the event of fire or actuation of smoke/heat alarms.
  • Smoking is the main cause of death from fire in the home. If people are smoking in your home provide a sufficient number of ashtrays.
  • Stub out cigarettes properly – make sure there’s no smoke.
  • Pour water on cigar and cigarette ends before putting in a bin.
  • Leaving cooking unattended or being distracted while cooking is the most frequent cause of fire in the home. Never cook hot food while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • If celebrating with fireworks remember that they are explosives. Store them safely out of the reach of children and always follow the fireworks code.