02 Dec Christmas Safety: The dos and don’ts
Christmas is a time when you make your home all cosy and twinkly. Tree lights, fairy lights, mantlepiece lights, banister lights, lights, lights, and more lights!
They look fantastic and give your home some real festive cheer but in the excitement of the season, accidents can easily happen.
One of the good things about Christmas is that there are usually more people around to supervise young children or animals and, with a little more care and forward planning, most accidents can be avoided.
Christmas Safety Tips
- Keep all decorations and cards away from fires and other heat sources such as light fittings.
- If you have old Christmas lights, consider buying new ones which will meet much higher safety standards.
- When buying new lights look for the safety mark e.g. British Standard EN 60598
- Don’t leave burning candles unattended; make sure you put them out before going to bed.
- Do not put candles on Christmas trees.
- Don’t let children play with fairy lights (the bulbs could be swallowed).
- Plan Christmas or New Year fireworks parties well in advance. See our blog on firework safety here.
- Only use lights outside that are specifically made for that purpose.
- Keep pets away from the lights and cables as they can get tangled up in them.
- Make sure all your smoke alarms are in full working order.
Injuries and deaths from accidental fires tend to increase during December. This footage used by a Government campaign shows just how quickly your celebrations can go up in smoke.
Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition and turn them off before you go to bed or leave the house.
The good thing is that there are now an abundance of low voltage LED lights to choose from for decorating your Christmas tree and home. Not only are LED lights safer but they will also last much longer than traditional fairy lights.
If you require any further advice on what you need to do to ensure a fun festive season, please do get in touch.
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