Whether you’ve been naughty or nice — everyone has a list of things they’d like for Christmas. We have one suggestion that we think is a holiday essential. Put a Christmas fire extinguisher on the top of your to-do list and stay safe this festive season.

It might not be your first thought when you’re choosing out gifts for people, but it is always our number one priority to help you with fire safety. At Jim’s Fire Safety, we offer fire extinguisher servicing to businesses all around New Zealand.

As part of our holiday initiative, we are focussing on ways you can make your celebrations as safe as possible.


Christmas Light Fires

Unfortunately, this is the most common cause of fires over the holidays. It might seem like your twinkling lights are a harmless decoration, but they could have devastating effects. There are a few things you can do to prevent light fires, but there is always a risk.

Have a Christmas fire extinguisher handy just in case something does go wrong with your lights. Fire extinguishers are the perfect first line of defence against small fires. Please make sure you use the correct extinguisher. If your lights are plugged into electricity, you will need a type E fire extinguisher.

If the power source has been turned off, it may be safe to use another type.

To find out more about the different types of fire extinguishers, take a look at our other article.

To prevent light fires, use the following tips:

  • check for any visual damage or broken bulbs before use
  • have your lights tested and tagged before use
  • do not leave your lights on over night or when the building is vacant
  • keep lights away from flammable materials (like wrapping paper)
  • don’t overload your power socket by trying to power a bunch of decorations
  • if you’re buying new lights, make sure they are approved by New Zealand standards
  • check the product recalls website to make sure no faults have been reported

Christmas trees can be a bit of a hazard in general. People can trip, foliage can be flammable, and lights can be forgotten about. Have a dedicated fire extinguisher for your Christmas tree, just to be sure.


Cooking Fires

The best part of the holidays is the food. While preparing or gathering around for Christmas lunch, make sure you have your Christmas fire extinguisher on hand, as well as a working fire blanket.

Cooking accidents are common at all times of the year,  but a bunch of people in your space plus the added pressure of preparing food for a lot of people, can ramp up the chances of a fire. Fire blankets are designed to extinguish fires involving cooking fats and oils — they can also be wrapped around people who have caught fire.

Fire extinguishers are effective for fires that might have spread out of the pan and onto your workbench. If your fire blanket can’t control the flame, a fire extinguisher might handle it.

Have a variety of equipment on hand and you will be prepared for anything.


Portable Fans and Heaters

Whether you’re cooling off for the usual summer Christmas season, or you’ve booked a getaway in a cooler region, you need to be careful when using portable fans and heaters.

  • check that you have used a power board that can handle the current of your device
  • where possible, plug your portable equipment directly into the wall
  • do not leave your fans and heaters unattended


Happy Holidays from Jim’s Fire Safety

We hope you found our Christmas fire extinguisher tips useful.

Have a safe and restful holiday season. If you have any questions or would like to request our services, fill in the online form or call us for a free quote.