It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt – isn’t that what your mum used to say? Mine too! In this article we share with you our 12 Days of Christmas Safety Tips:
- Candles – don’t leave them unattended, keep away from decorations and Christmas trees.
- Christmas trees and decorations – keep them away from heaters and open fires.
- Chimney – a blocked one can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and is a fire hazard, make sure you get yours regularly cleaned!
- Open fires – be careful what you burn only add natural fuels (wood or coal), always use a fire guard.
- Smoke alarms – fit one if you haven’t got one and test it if you do!
- Christmas lights – switch them off if you’re going out or going to bed.
- Kitchen – don’t leave cooking food unattended. Especially if you have got little ones, the majority of accidents at home happen in the kitchen.
- Chargers – beware of fake chargers, culprits tend to be phone chargers and e-cigarette chargers look for the kite mark and don’t be tempted by cheap online imports – read more here.
- Outside lights – make sure they are plugged into a professionally installed external socket and make sure the lights are suitable for use outside i.e. are IP44 rated and are sheathed in a suitable cable.
- Sockets – don’t over-load sockets, this is a fire hazard!
- Look out for elderly relatives and neighbours, make sure they are OK during the Winter season.
- Electric blankets – if it is over ten years old get them checked out, check for wear and tear or fraying, never fold them, don’t leave them on all night.
We hope you found our Christmas Safety Tips useful. From all of us at FTS Safety Solutions, we hope you have a fun but safe festive season.
Until next time…