I have just spent the last few minutes watching the Sainsbury’s “Mogs’ Christmas Calamity” advert.
Now I know it’s supposed to be a light hearted and fun advert about an accident-prone cat who gets into all sorts of trouble on Christmas Eve wreaking havoc in the kitchen and setting fire to the Christmas tree, but it does have a number of serious implications that families need to consider this time of the year…
Mog is a Real Christmas Fire Hazard
What do I mean? To start with, please never leave your Christmas lights on when your home is unoccupied and make sure you turn them off at night. Some Christmas lights and their transformers get very hot and pose a fire risk without the help of your cat!
More people suffer food poisoning at Christmas time due to the Turkey not being cooked properly, I really do not think it is the right thing to put the Turkey in the oven overnight, I mean all sorts of bacteria will be developing on the Turkey at room temperature, it should be kept chilled before it goes into the oven. It appears that Mog turned the cooker on which of course could have resulted in a very dry and over cooked bird. However only just recently it was reported that a cat had managed to turn a cooker on which resulted in a house fire.
We all know you do not dial 999 and get the Fire Service, you get an emergency response team who ask which emergency service you require, but we will allow the advert makers this under ‘creative licence’, the advert can only be so long after all! Did you know your Fire Service offer free home safety checks giving a basic assessment of the fire risks in your home?
Poor Mog really is accident prone isn’t he? The look on his face when those Chestnuts go off is priceless. Have you ever tried to roast or cook chestnuts on an open fire, I have and only ever made the mistake once! I forgot to pierce the chestnuts before cooking, wow do they go with a bang, not sure if they took off at the speed of light breaking eggs on the way past, but for your own safety don’t forget to pierce the chestnuts, or wear body armour just in case.
Finally when it comes to the use of Christmas lights make sure that you always use Christmas lights that have been certified for use – This can be identified by the European Standards Symbol (represented by a CE) and the British Standards Kitemark. Interestingly the style lights used in the advert are not recommended for use in the workplace. If we encounter this type of 240v lights when we PAT test, we suggest that people change to use lights that are powered using 12V transformers! To my mind if they are deemed to be unsafe for the office, why take the risk at home? If in doubt, don’t use them, and always buy lights from reputable stores. Read More here link to last week’s blog which covers more advice on the use of Christmas Lights.
I do love this advert, despite the mini critique. It’s fun, festive and shows a great community spirit. I have no doubt that should this unfortunate event come to pass, that Great British sense of community will kick in, just as they have captured in the advert. Warm fuzzy feelings all round.
Remember stay safe this Christmas and we wish you a fun filled festive time
Until Next time
PS Here is the lovely advert – Merry Christmas! – Enjoy!