Decorating your fireplace

A festive reminder

There’ll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing, although after a rather strange year, there may not be parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting! Can you tell that we have started playing Christmas tunes? 

It’s that time of the year where you will be getting ready to deck the halls with boughs of holly. There is every chance you will want to dress your fireplace with some seasonal flourishes, in the traditional way. Be warned, this could prove to be a fire risk!

This year make sure you aren’t creating your own fire hazard. Your stove or fireplace can pump out some heat that could lead to decorations catching light. 

Fire crews from Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service were called to a fire in a house in the village of Withington earlier in the month. 

The cause was found to be due to a melted candle that had been left on top of a wood burner. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire.

The instructions for your stove will have clear guidance on safe distances to combustible materials, make sure you stick to them.

Also be mindful when decorating not to obstruct, move or remove your Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm. CO alarms must be in a permanent, fixed position and located in the same room as the appliance, as per Approved Document J of the Building Regulations. The handy video below identifies the best position for a carbon monoxide alarm.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an extremely poisonous gas that can be present in the fumes from the combustion of fuel’s which aren’t burnt under the correct conditions. Fuels such as gas, oil, solid mineral fuel and biomass all have the potential to emit CO. The gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted making it difficult to detect.

Check out our range of leaflets for more tips and advice on making the most from your stove.

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