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While Christmas is a time for having fun with family and friends it is also a time when there are extra hazards. So here are your Top Safety Tips for your home this Christmas.
¶Fire - if you have a real Christmas Tree make sure it is kept moist by securing in a base with water (topped up daily) as otherwise it becomes a serious fire hazard (link shows how such a fire can engulf a room in 40 seconds !) See this Fire Prevention link for more tips.
¶Roads and driving - adverse weather, drinking, tiredness all makes driving much more hazardous over the festive season. So make sure that you do what you can to drive safely this year and be ready for the winter weather.
¶Christmas trees and other decorations - ensure your tree is secure and away from sources of heat or ignition and that lights are safe. If there are little ones make sure that they don’t pull the tree over onto themselves and that any accessible decorations are not hazardous!!
¶Candles are part of Christmas, but are a major cause of fires. Locate lit candles in safe locations, supervise and properly extinguish when leaving.
¶Christmas is a busy time and there are high expectations which can be stressful. It is the time of year when the Samaritans get the most calls. So take some simple steps to look after your "mental health" Don’t overspend - Christmas is just one day; factor in a walk or other exercise each day of the holidays; be as organised as you can but don’t overstretch yourself - Christmas should be fun not perfect.
¶Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. See this link for details on how to reduce this risk by appliance maintenance, ventilation and a monitor.
¶Various minor to major emergencies arise at Christmas so we should be prepared. Have the appropriate "emergency kit" ready, know who to call and for major emergencies be prepared to make a 999/112 call.
Above all have a wonderful, happy, peaceful and safe Christmas. Enjoy the break and re-charge your batteries for your safe return in the New Year.