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Celebrating safely

The festive season is a time when many of us enjoy celebrating with family and friends. If you have visitors or overnight guests it is important to make sure everyone in the household is safe and knows what to do if a fire starts. If alcohol is included in your celebrations, the risk of accidents and fire increases and it’s even more important to follow some simple safety advice.

Smoke alarms and bedtime routine

  • Fit a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms every week.
  • Share your escape plan with your visitors.
  • If you have visitors staying over, make sure they know how to respond in the event of a fire, have access to the door key and know how to unlock the door.
  • Keep your escape routes clear.
  • Extinguish candles and cigarettes and put up fireguards before bedtime.
  • Switch off electrical appliances, including Christmas and decorative lights before bedtime.
  • Close all your internal doors firmly before bedtime.

Alcohol and fire safety

Over 40% of accidental fire deaths in Greater Manchester happen when someone has been drinking.

  • Don’t cook under the influence of alcohol. If you’re the cook wait until the food is ready before you have a drink.
  • If you are drinking alcohol, take extra care burning candles. Always use candle holders and extinguish flames properly.
  • If you are drinking alcohol, take extra care if you smoke. Always use a solid ashtray and extinguish cigarettes properly.
  • Never smoke in bed or if you’re feeling tired, drowsy or drunk.
  • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Don’t let off fireworks if you are drinking alcohol. Always follow the firework safety code.
  • Don't get so drunk that you can't look after yourself, your family or your property.

Hosting a party

  • Have non-alcoholic drinks available; mention them to guests when offering a drink.
  • Alcohol on an empty stomach makes people drunk more quickly. Offer something to eat even if it’s snacks or nibbles.
  • If someone says no to a drink re-fill, don't insist they have another.
  • Make up your spare bed to let someone stay if they need to.

If you're going out

  • Decide on a limit of how much you plan to drink and stick to it.
  • Stay out of ‘rounds’. Buying your own drinks allows you to drink at your pace.
  • Choose smaller drinks such as a single measure, small glasses of wine or half pints.
  • Drink water or soft drinks in between alcoholic drinks.
  • Don’t let the celebration revolve around drinking. Include karaoke, darts, pool, dancing, a meal, a quiz.
  • Avoid top-ups. They make it harder to keep track of how much you are drinking.
  • Don't let anyone pressurise you into having another drink - have excuses planned such as 'No thanks, I've had enough - I've got a lot on tomorrow.'

Safe journey home

Whether you are hosting, at a party or out on the town, if alcohol has been involved make sure you and others are able to get home safely:

  • Never drink and drive.
  • If you're planning to drink alcohol, leave your car at home.
  • Never offer an alcoholic drink to anyone who is driving.
  • Have phone numbers for taxis ready, or pre-book a taxi from a reliable firm.
  • Don’t walk home alone.
  • Have a designated driver - someone sober to drive people home.
  • Don't let your friends or family drive home if they have had a drink.

For more safety information

Fireworks safety advice

Alcohol and fire safety leaflet