Christmas Safety Tips

Christmas is a busy time of year for us all, but it also is for A&E.

Thousands of people every year are involved in Christmas related accidents around the home over the festive period.

Take a look below on some advice on how to stay safe this Christmas.

Drink Aware

Drink Aware ChristmasIn the December period, it is no myth that people like to have a few more drinks than usual when visiting family and friends. Although this is the case drink driving is just as dangerous as every other time of year. If you are going to drink, walk or get public transport – don’t risk it.

Toys and Presents

Falls are the most common kind of accident in the home, now imagine how much the likelihood of one rises when the clutter of presents is added to the equation. Keep walkways and stairwells clear and well lit, this needs to especially be taken into care if you are likely to have a lot of guests over Christmas.

When buying toys, make sure you check the packaging thoroughly to ensure that they are age appropriate. Keep an eye out for any small parts that could cause a child to choke. In order to assure that it meets the legal standard, make shows that on the packaging. When opening presents, make sure you don’t cut corners. Use scissors rather than using anything that is available such as a knife.

Christmas Tree and Decorations Safety

Christmas Tree

Decorations and novelty items are not toys, they don’t have to follow toy safety regulations or show any age certification. Keep them away from young children as they may have dangerous parts on them. Why not place them on high shelves and units or high up on the Christmas tree.

Be wary of where you place your decorations, keep them away from strong sources of electricity, light fittings and fires. If any of your decoration involve candles, make sure you put them out before going to bed or leaving the house and never put them on your Christmas tree.

Keep tabs on how old your Christmas lights are and if they are in good condition. The newer the light, the higher the safety standard will be. Like candles make sure that they are off when you leave the house or go to bed.

Unwatered Christmas trees can get very dry, this makes them a huge fire hazard. A small spark from a faulty light can cause a tree to go up in flames in seconds. Keep your trees watered to avoid potential injuries or fatalities.

Christmas Dinner

The additional hustle and bustle that comes with Christmas in your household can make the kitchen a much more dangerous place. It is important to be safety conscious throughout the day to prevent any accidents. Try not to rush around and keep people in the kitchen to a bare minimum to avoid spill, slips, trip, burns or cuts from food or cooking equipment. For more information take a look at our blog on the Top 3 Most Common Accidents in the Kitchen so that you can avoid them in the future.

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