The holiday season is time for families and friends to get together, but, it’s also a time when the risk of fire increases.  Many buildings use lights and other electronic decorations, while other properties are unattended at this time, leaving them especially vulnerable. Just a few extra steps and services can prevent a fire from occurring, even when you’re not around.

Use fire-safe decorations to prevent fire

If you’re decorating your workplace or building with lights or other electrical ornaments, make sure they have an Australian Standards label.  Skimping on cheap overseas products may end up costing you much more in the long run. Decorative lights may become very hot so keep them away from flammable materials such as wrapping paper or curtains and don’t leave burning candles unattended. Don’t overload power boards and never use indoor decorations outdoors. To help prevent a fire you need to ensure you switch off all electrical displays and decorative lights before leaving the premises.

Test alarms and maintain fire safety equipment

Preventing fire means you must check, replace or service fire equipment. These systems are made for the specific needs of each building or commercial space.  And without maintenance, potentially life-saving equipment can fall into disrepair or fail when you need them the most. In between professional inspections, which should occur every 6 months, fire extinguishers and fire blankets should be visually inspected, keeping an eye out for damage or aging.  However, it’s important to leave professional servicing of fire safety equipment to licensed experts to undertake.

Keep a clean environment

One simple way to prevent a fire in your building is to keep your building neat and tidy. It may seem obvious but when there’s a lot of clutter, especially flammable materials such as paper and cardboard boxes, then a fire can spread quickly. Clutter may also block exits and make it harder to escape if there is a fire. So, before you break for the holidays, make time to clean your building and clear the clutter.

Have access to an out of hours service

Fires don’t happen when it’s convenient to you, so having someone to rely on when you’re not around is essential. A serious fire safety provider should be there no matter when you need them, including over holiday closure periods.

Preventing a fire during holiday periods takes extra effort, but for peace of mind, it’s worth it.  If you need assistance with protecting your business or building, contact Global Fire to discuss our extensive services such as our 24/7 out-of-hours service. For a wide range of fire protection solutions, call us now on 1300 88 70 18 or email